Police probe link between car arson attacks

Damage caused to the house at Elm Park in Richhill.

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Damage caused to the house at Elm Park in Richhill. Pic Pacemaker
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Police are investigating a possible link between arson attacks on cars in Portadown, Richhill and Banbridge over the past few days.

On Monday, two cars were set alight with petrol bombs at College Grange, Portadown, at 11.20pm. Shortly before that at 10.50pm, a car was set alight at Brookfield Meadows, Banbridge.

During the early hours of this morning (Wednesday), a car was set on fire at Elm Park, Richhill.

A police spokesperson said detectives from Reactive and Organised Crime are working to establish a motive, and are asking the public to assist their investigation.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley explained, “We are looking at a number of incidents within this investigation and piecing together evidence from each scene. We want to catch the criminals behind this and need your help in reporting any type of suspicious activity in your area when it occurs.

“If you notice people loitering in the area who are not normally there, if you notice vehicles frequenting your neighbourhood that you have not seen before, if you see people running off or cars driving at speed on your street please phone us straight away.

“The quicker we can respond to incidents the more chance we have of finding those responsible or vital evidence.

“We would like to hear from anyone who noticed any activity in Brookfield Meadows and College Grange on Monday night, April 4, and anyone who noticed any activity in Elm Park during the early hours of this morning, April 6. Anyone who has information that may assist our investigation can contact us on 101, quoting ref: 1325 040416 or 122060416.”

“If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”