Local man expresses disgust after car burnt out

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
Community, News

A local man has spoken to Newry Times of his disgust after his car was burnt out last weekend in a random attack in Newry City Centre.

The incident happened in the North Street area of Newry

The 25 year-old, who wishes to remain anonymous, parked his Honda Civic car in North Street last Saturday and after deciding to have a few sociable drinks, opted to leave his car parked there overnight and make alternative arrangements to get home.

The following morning he was woken early by a call from the PSNI who told him the shocking news.

“I received a call around 7.30am on Sunday morning from the PSNI to say the car was burnt out. There were other cars parked nearby on the other side of the street.”

Although he is hopeful of his insurance cover ultimately paying for the car, he thinks the immediate costs will have to be paid out of his own pocket.

He added, “It’s hard to put a price on how much it will cost me, but few thousand wouldn’t be too wide of the mark. I have actually been too busy to follow up the insurance.”

He continued, “AXA were supposed to contact me on Monday regarding my claim, but they’re very slow in doing so. I’m wary about not getting any compensation.”

The local man hopes that anyone who saw anything will contact the PSNI. He added, “I just would appeal to people if they seen any suspicious activity around North Street to contact the police.”

Meanwhile, Police in Newry confirmed they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fire.

A spokesman said, “A silver Honda Civic was reported on fire at 6.30am. NIFRS attended and extinguished the fire. The vehicle was completely destroyed.

“The fire is being treated as deliberate and police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them in Ardmore on 0845 600 8000.

“If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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