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Cork man arrested after arson attack causes €275,000 worth of damage to Irish pub in Cyprus

The man is being probed for arson following an investigation

Paddilong’s Bar (Facebook)

Clodagh Meaney

A Cork man in his 40s has been arrested following a fire at an Irish bar in Cyprus.

The man, who is from Blarney, appeared in court after he allegedly caused over €275,000 worth of damage to the bar in Northern Cyprus following an arson attack.

Cypriote police said that Paddilong’s Bar in Alsancakin Kyrenia was deliberately set on fire shortly after midnight last Thursday night.

Firefighters rushed to put out the blaze and it was soon extinguished, but not before thousands of euro worth of damage was done.

According to North Cyprus Daily News the man has been charged with arson and drunken disturbance following an investigation.

The pub’s landlords, Sally Knights and Karl Long, said that the bar will be closed for a while following the shocking attack.

"Just a little update due to the arson attack at the weekend Paddilong’s won't be open for a while.

"The team will start clear up at the Saturday and Sunday just waiting on the police to give us the all clear to enter as it’s still a crime scene.”

They said that on a positive note nobody was hurt.

"If anyone has shovel or wheelbarrow we appreciate if you could bring them. We just want to thank everyone for all the support but on a plus note no one was hurt."

They have also asked for locals to help them clear the debris.

“So we are going to ask for any volunteers to help Saturday and Sunday with shovels and wheelbarrows to start to clear the bar. We actually don’t know where to start."

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