DETECTIVES investigating an arson in west Belfast during the early hours of today, Sunday, November 3, which has caused substantial damage to a number of business premises in the area.

Detective Inspector Tom Phillips said: “NIFRS reported the blaze at premises just off Kennedy Way to us just after 00:45 am.

“We attended the scene where fire crews where tackling the blaze and which had spread to other business premises in the area. Kennedy Way was closed for a time, but has since reopened. 

“The fire, which is being treated as arson, has caused substantial damage to at least three businesses in the area.  

“This has been a despicable attack, which will undoubtedly have a severe impact on the businesses affected.

“I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night and who saw any suspicious activity, or anyone who may have captured any suspicious person/persons in the area on their dash cam, to call us.

“I would also appeal to anyone who has information they believe may assist our investigation to pick up the phone and tell our detectives at Musgrave what you know by calling 101, and quote reference 95 of 03/11/19.”  

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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