Belfast Telegraph

Pet dog alerts couple after petrol bomb attack

A woman has revealed how her dog saved her after her house and car were damaged in a "reckless" overnight petrol bomb attack in Larne.

Police said a petrol bomb was thrown through the front of the house in Craigy Hill at around 1.15am yesterday.

The attack caused extensive damage to the house and also damaged the property next door.

Pauline McCormick told UTV she and her husband were asleep at the time, but luckily their pet dog woke them up.

"I would have been dead, my husband and dog would have been dead - there's no doubt in my mind," Ms McCormick said, who linked the attack to an ongoing feud in Larne.

"I ran to a neighbour's house and they phoned the fire brigade.

"The house was just - smoke everywhere, flames everywhere. It was just burning in front of me, and my car was in flames too."

Detective Sergeant Pete Crothers said: "This caused extensive damage to the house and also damaged the property next door.

"It is also believed a petrol bomb was used on a vehicle parked outside at the time which totally destroyed it.

"Fortunately there were no injuries as a result of these reckless actions but I am asking for the public's assistance in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

"Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting reference 73 07/06/18. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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