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Co Tyrone arson attack caught on camera

Footage of the incident captured on CCTV
Connla Young

FOOTAGE has emerged of masked men setting fire to a house in broad daylight in Co Tyrone at the weekend.

The gang smashed windows at the property in the Braeside area of Dungannon at around 5.20pm on Sunday before pouring flammable liquid through a shattered pane of glass and setting it alight.

Police say no one is believed to have been inside the property during the attack.

However, extensive damage caused to the living room while the rest of the house sustained smoke damage..

The fire service was called to the scene and a number of adjacent properties were evacuated during the incident.

The PSNI say the attackers are believed to have made from the area in a silver coloured Volvo which was later found on fire in the Ranfurly Road area of the town.

Several men were seen leaving that scene in a black Ford Kuga.

When police arrived two other cars, a white Mercedes CLA and a silver Seat Ateca attempted to leave the area, however, the second vehicle was stopped by police and the driver was arrested.

Several items were removed from the vehicle.

The Mercedes CLA was later found by police and several items were seized.

A man and a youth were arrested.

All three aged 66, 47 and 16 were arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons and other offences.

They were later released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Police says they are investigating a link to an altercation in the area on Friday during which two men aged 22 and 21 were arrested.

Both later released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Aontú councillor Denise Mullen described the attack as “disgraceful”.

“Have they no respect for safety and people living in neighbouring homes never mind themselves,” she said.

Independent councillor Barry Monteith said "we could be dealing with the deaths of a young family here".

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