Belfast Telegraph

Police probe three arson attacks on Antrim estate homes

By Claire McNeilly

Police have launched an investigation into three arson attacks in Co Antrim.

Three people have escaped injury after the attacks in the Springfarm estate in Antrim.

Bins were pushed up against the front doors of two flats in Tiree Street and set alight, while a burning rag was pushed through a letterbox in nearby Arran Street.

The incidents happened around 10am yesterday.

A man and a woman in one of the flats in Tiree Street and a man in the Arran Street property were not injured.

Seamus Davis, a community leader in the Springfarm area, said he was disgusted to hear about the attacks.

"I am still in shock. I thought that these types of incidents were in the past here," he said. "Springfarm has been through a bad time over the years but I thought we were coming through that. An attack on any person or anyone's home has to be condemned and I'm very annoyed about it.

"Anybody who knows anything about what happened should contact the police.

"Or if somebody feels like they can't go to the police they should come and see me and I'll speak to the police on their behalf.

"There is no place for this sort of behaviour in our society."

Former Antrim councillor Noel Maguire said there have been similar incidents in that part of Antrim in the past.

"Springfarm estate wouldn't be a stranger to that type of thing," he said.

"It has happened on a number of occasions in recent years and there are obviously still elements of society who think they can continue to act in that manner."

Police investigating the attacks have said they are still trying to establish a motive.

They have appealed for the public's help in identifying the person or persons responsible.

Meanwhile, an unoccupied flat in Alina Gardens, Dunmurry, has been extensively damaged in an arson attack.

Neighbouring flats were also damaged by smoke.

The blaze was reported at about 5am yesterday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Antrim Reactive and Organised Crime on 101.

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