Clarke condemns arson attack on Newcastle pensioner

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Tuesday, July 24th, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has strongly condemned the recent arson attack and pouring of flammable liquid through the letterbox of a pensioner’s residence in Ballaghbeg Park in Newcastle. At around 5am on Thursday 19th July, the householder, an elderly woman, was alerted to a small fire at the front door of her house by a smoke alarm sounding. The woman was able to extinguish the fire herself and then called the emergency services. Damage was caused to the front door and a set of curtains and the elderly householder was not injured but was left badly shaken. Speaking to Newry Times, Clarke stated, “Very fortunately a smoke alarm alerted the pensioner who was able to put out the fire at her front door and then alert emergency services. There is no doubt we could have been dealing with a much worse situation had there been no smoke alarm to warn and indeed save this pensioner’s life.” “I have to question the sickening and indeed very depressing actions of the person(s) who poured a flamable liquid in the early hours of the morning through a pensioner’s letterbox causing distress and danger. The perpetrators need to be caught and brought before the courts in order to be prosecuted and jailed for such a criminal act on a vunerable lady in her eighties.” He added, “I would strongly appeal to anyone with information on this arson attack at Ballaghbeg Park in the early hours of July 19th to contact the PSNI so that these  people can be arrested and removed from society.”
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