Belfast Telegraph

Shock as man's car doused in fuel and set alight in Newtownards murder bid

Alliance MLA Kellie Armstrong said she is "thankful" a delivery driver was left unharmed after his car was covered in a flammable liquid and set on fire as he sat behind the wheel.

Police are treating the incident, which happened around 10.45pm in Newtownards on Tuesday, as attempted murder.

"I am shocked by this incident and know everyone in the local community will be as well,” said Ms Armstrong.

“I am thankful the man was able to escape unharmed. There is absolutely no justification for these actions and as the pair may attempt this again, it is crucial they are apprehended as soon as possible.

“I urge anyone with information on this incident to contact police immediately and help remove these sick individuals from our streets.”

The man drove his red Ford Fiesta to Fairfield Place with a fast food delivery. As he was sitting in his car, he saw two men approach, douse it with a fuel before setting it alight.

Sergeant Andrews added: “The man was able to escape from the vehicle and was not injured in the attack but he was left shocked.

“The Fire Service attended and extinguished the fire. The car was badly damaged.

“Two males were seen approaching the scene from the Meadow Park area of the town around 10.30pm and then observed after the incident, running down an alleyway close to Fairfield Place. We would be keen to speak to these people as we believe they may have information that could help our investigation.

“We would also appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious in the area between 10.30pm and 11pm to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1413 of 6/2/18.

“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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