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Windows were smashed and a car set alight at the Shimna Road property in Newcastle

Windows were smashed and a car set alight at the Shimna Road property in Newcastle

Windows were smashed and a car set alight at the Shimna Road property in Newcastle

Police have launched an investigation after a house was attacked and a car set on fire in Newcastle in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Two windows at the Shimna Road property were smashed and a Mercedes car parked at the front of the house was completely destroyed in the terrifying incident, which took place at around 2.45am.

A man, woman and four children were inside the property when it was attacked, but the PSNI said no one was injured.

PSNI Inspector Frances McCullough said: "It is fortunate that the emergency services reached this property before the fire spread to the house. The consequences otherwise do not bear thinking about.

"We are working to establish a motive for this attack and I am appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact me by calling 101." Local Sinn Fein MLA Emma Rogan hit out at the people behind the attack. She said: "Thankfully no one was injured in this incident, but it must have been a frightening experience for those affected.

"I condemn this attack and call on anyone with any information to bring it forward to the police."

Belfast Telegraph