DETECTIVES investigating a deliberate fire which caused significant damage to a property being used by Belfast Multi-Cultural Association on Donegall Pass on Thursday 14 Jan 2021, have arrested two males.
The men, aged 42 and 49, were detained during early morning swoops today, Wednesday, February 3.
A residential property in South Belfast was also searched.
A 40 year old male has also been arrested in relation to an incident of criminal damage in the area, that was reported to police on 2 October 2020.
The three males are currently helping with ongoing enquiries at Musgrave Police Station.
Detective Inspector Rachel Miskelly said: “While our investigation is ongoing, we are continuing to appeal for information about the arson incident, which is being treated as a hate crime.
“The fire, which resulted in serious damage to the building, is unacceptable and we are working tirelessly to identify those responsible and put them before the courts.
“I would also remind anyone who has yet to come forward with information, that the independent charity Crimestoppers, is offering a reward of up to £5,000 to anyone providing information directly and anonymously to Crimestoppers, which leads to the arrest and conviction of any person or persons linked to the arson.
“Information can be given to detectives directly by calling 101 quoting reference number 1626 of 14/01/21. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/
“Alternatively, to stay anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on Freephone 0800 555 111 or complete their simple and secure anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.”