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Petrol bomb behind fire at Bushmills pub The Scotch House

Fire Service at the scene of The Scotch House pub. Pic Kevin McAuley
Fire Service at the scene of The Scotch House pub. Pic Kevin McAuley
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

Police said a petrol bombing was responsible for a fire at a pub in the Co Antrim town of Bushmills.

Fire broke out at the Bushmills pub The Scotch House in the early hours of Monday morning at around 3am.

Police said two males smashed a window before pouring flammable liquid inside and setting it alight.

Damage was caused to an alcove inside the bar.

The Army bomb squad was sent to the scene as a precaution.

Local councillor Norman Hillis said the Army attendance sparked concern a pipe bomb had been left in the area.

"Bushmills has come a long way in the last few years and markets itself as the gateway to the Causeway," the UUP councillor said.

The road has been reopened to traffic.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives on 101.

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