Police seal off Sinn Fein’s Connolly house following early morning arson attack

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an arson attack at Sinn Fein’s headquarters on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast during the early hours of this morning, Monday, August 20.

Inspector McCullough said: “The fire was reported to us at around 4:50am.

“Police attended along with the Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service, who extinguished the blaze.

“Damage was caused to a door at the rear of the building, and to fascia boarding.

“There was no damage reported to the inside of the building. Paint was also thrown at a front window of the building.

“This is being treated as arson.

“I am appealing to anyone who was in the area around this time and noticed any suspicious activity, or anyone who has information which could assist our investigation to contact us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 162 of 20/08/18.

“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.”

The party’s west Belfast MP has condemned the attack.

Paul Maskey said: ”

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has condemned an overnight arson attack on Sinn Féin’s Connolly House office in West Belfast.

The West Belfast MP said: “Last night’s disgraceful arson attack on our Connolly House office must be condemned by all.

“This was an attack on the democratic process.

“Clearly the people behind this are intent on trying to disrupt the services we provide to all the public.

“We have not yet been able to assess the extent of the damage but Sinn Féin will continue to provide a first-class service to the people of West Belfast whom we are proud to represent.”

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