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Arson attack at home of police officer in Larne

Detectives are appealing for information following an arson attack at the home of a serving police officer on the Glenarm Road in Larne during the early hours of this morning, Thursday 29 April.

At around 1.45am this morning Police received a report of three cars on fire at the address. Officers attended and found that the cars had been set alight. All three cars were destroyed as a result. The fire had also caused scorch damage to the dwelling. The officer, his wife and daughter, who were in the house at the time were not injured.

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? 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.”

Justice Minister Naomi Long has condemned those responsible for the arson attack against a serving member of the police.

Naomi Long said: “This is an appalling and cowardly attack on a PSNI officer, at their home, where they should be safe.

“I don’t underestimate the distress that is caused by an incident of this nature at a family home.

“Our police officers put their lives on the line on a daily basis to keep us all safe. My thoughts are with this officer, their family and colleagues.

“This violence achieves absolutely nothing and needs to stop.

Anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call detectives in Larne on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 100 29/04/21, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.