15 cars set on fire in “disgraceful act of premeditated criminality”

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2020
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Local police are appealing for information following a report of arson at business premises at the Forkhill Road area on Tuesday 31 December.

Shortly before 2:15 am, it was reported that around 15 cars parked in the area were on fire.

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Two men wearing balaclavas were seen leaving the area and made off in a black Toyota Avensis.



Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended the scene and extinguished the fire. 

Damage was caused to the vehicles involved and the incident is being treated as deliberate ignition.

Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident and police would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 125 31/12/19.



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.

Sinn Féin Newry, Mourne and Down Councillor Liz Kimmins strongly condemned the arson attack.

The local Councillor said, “This disgraceful act of premeditated criminality has shocked the local community.



“Anyone with any information about this incident should contact the Police as a matter of urgency,” she added.


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