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Police investigate after bins set on fire in Poleglass arson attack

A number of wheelie bins were set on fire in the Poleglass area on Thursday morning. Credit: Stephen Magennis.
A number of wheelie bins were set on fire in the Poleglass area on Thursday morning. Credit: Stephen Magennis.

Police are investigating after an early morning arson attack in Poleglass which left as many as 15 bins on fire.

The incident happened in the Colinmill area at around 3.30am when a set of traffic lights was set on fire.

Sinn Fein councillor Stephen Magennis told the Belfast Telegraph that a group of rowdy youths are believed to be responsible for the random attack.

"It started off with traffic lights on the Pantridge Road being set on fire and it progressed to all the bins that were left out for the night [being set on fire]," he said.

"I think it was more opportunism than anything else. The only information we have it that it was a group of youngsters walking through the area at that time."

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A fence was also damaged in the arson attack. Credit: Stephen Magennis

He added: "There was an attempt to set a fair amount of the bins on fire. I think all together there is about 15 bins badly burnt a number of ones damaged. A girl's fence was also badly burnt."

The fire service was called after a resident was awoken by noise and saw their bin was on fire.

Mr Magennis said the area was left a "complete mess" and that he is organising for the residents to have their bins replaced by the council.

"I condemn the incident and appeal for information and for these people to be brought to account for what they have done," he said.

"It could have been something a lot more serious we could have been waking up to this morning. It is just wanton violence, antisocial behaviour and anti-community activity."

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police are appealing for information and witnesses following a number of reports received on Thursday, 25 July of household bins having been set on fire in the Colinmill area of Poleglass.

"It has been reported that these bins were damaged sometime overnight.

"Sergeant Phill Gilmore would appeal to anyone who has information that could assist police with their enquiries to contact police at Woodbourne on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference numbers 465 524, 565, 727, 772 and 871 25/07/19. 

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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