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Several vehicles have been damaged extensively by fire at Derrybeg in Newry last night. The incidents took place around midnight and included a work van and a car.

One of the damaged vehicles at Derrybeg.
One of the damaged vehicles at Derrybeg.

MLA Liz Kimmins strongly condemned the attack “I condemn last night’s arson attack which saw a number of cars burned, including that of a heavily pregnant woman, which has caused her and her husband huge stress. This is a disgusting attack on this close knit community who are in total shock this morning."

Councillor's Charlie Casey and Liz Kimmins, MLA with two of the damaged vehicles.
Councillor's Charlie Casey and Liz Kimmins, MLA with two of the damaged vehicles.

Ms Kimmins continued “My colleague, councillor Charlie Casey, and I have spoken with a couple who had their car and work van burned in this incident and were extremely shook up.  

“We are very lucky that no-one was seriously injured or worse in this very dangerous incident as the work van contained highly flammable products which if ignited could potentially have caused an explosion.  

“The wider implications of this attack are the fear and anxiety caused to the victims and the Derrybeg community, as well as the negative impact on people's livelihoods. 

The Newry and Armagh representative has stated to the PSNI the need for a strong, proactive response has urged anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.

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