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Police treat arson attack on flute band members' cars as possible hate crime

By Claire Williamson

Police are treating a suspected arson attack on two cars belonging to members of a flute band as a possible hate crime.

The cars were targeted in the early hours of Sunday morning in the Milburn area of Cookstown.

Police are investigating the possibility of a hate related motive in connection with the incident.

UUP councillor Trevor Wilson called it "disgusting".

Mr Wilson said: "Members of Sons of William Flute Band were attending a concert in Carrickfergus on Saturday night and on their return home discovered that one of their cars had been burnt out and an attempt was made to burn another one. Its back windscreen was smashed and an attempt was made to set it on fire.

“I have contacted the police who are treating it as a hate crime. At a time when we hear a lot of people talking about respect and rights, the people who carried out this attack obviously don't believe in it. I would appeal for anyone who has any information to please call the police.”

SDLP MLA Patsy McGlone condemned those responsible as "reckless thugs".

He said: “The reckless thugs who set fire to a car and attempted to set fire to a second over the weekend are callous criminals. Their actions should be condemned by everyone.

“Those behind this attack have nothing to offer people in Cookstown.

“I would appeal to anyone who say anything suspicious to come forward to the police as soon as possible.”

Police have appealed for r anybody who witnessed anything suspicious to contact them in Magherafelt on 101 quoting reference number 91 15/10/17.

Alternatively any person with information in relation to this incident may contact police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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