POLICE MAKE 1ST ANNIVERSARY APPEAL OVER ARSON ATTACK ON BMW 4 X 4

POLICE have re-issued an appeal for information on the first anniversary of an incident of arson and criminal damage in the Belfield Heights area of west Belfast during the early hours of Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Chief Inspector Kellie McMillan said: “Even though a year has passed, our investigation is ongoing.

“During this serious incident, we believe that a male poured fuel across the bonnet and roof of a white BMW X5, before setting it alight.

“The family car was completely destroyed by the fire which also spread to the family home, causing significant fire damage.

“This was an incredibly reckless act.

“Had anyone been in the property at the time, their lives would undoubtedly have been in danger.

“The ground floor of the home, contents and personal items belonging to the parents and the children who live there were completely destroyed.

“We are again appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that they think may be able to assist with the investigation, no matter how small or insignificant they feel it may be, to contact officers in Woodbourne on 101 quoting reference number 84 of 03/01/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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