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police targeted Arson attack on the home of serving PSNI officer in Larne

It is the second time a serving police officer has been targeted in the last fortnight

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Damage cause after  an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim. Pic: Pacemaker

Damage cause after an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim. Pic: Pacemaker

Damage cause after an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim. Pic: Pacemaker

The home of a serving police officer has been attacked in Larne.

The PSNI have confirmed the arson attack took place in the early hours of this morning in the Glenarm Road area.

At around 1:45am the police attended the scene to find three cars on fire at the officer’s address.

All cars were destroyed in the fire which also caused scorch damage to the house.

The officer and his wife and daughter, who were in the house at the time, were not injured.

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PACEMAKER PRESS  BELFAST 29/04/2021
Damage cause after  an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 29/04/2021 Damage cause after an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 29/04/2021 Damage cause after an arson attack on the home of a serving police officer in Larne, County Antrim

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “We are investigating this as an incident of arson. This was a completely reckless attack which could have had serious consequences.

"Thankfully, no injuries have been reported in what was a terrifying ordeal for the officer and his family. There are no words to describe those who would set fire to vehicles in the dark of night outside a family home when the occupants were asleep inside.

"Their actions stand in stark contrast to the officer who everyday serves our community with dignity, respect and courtesy.

“At the present time we are keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind this attack however a primary line of enquiry is that criminal elements may be responsible.

"Detectives have now initiated a full investigation, which I can assure the community will be thorough and robust.

“I would take this opportunity to appeal for the help of the people of Larne and further afield in identifying those responsible. Were you in the Glenarm Road area late last night of early this morning?

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"Did you see anyone or anything you felt was suspicious? Do you have any information about this incident? No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, please get in touch.”

The police have asked anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation to call detectives in Larne on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 100 29/04/2.


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