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Arsonists attack former Kincora boys' home

The former Kincora home in east Belfast

Arsonists have attacked a former boys' home in east Belfast at the centre of historic child abuse.

The vacant premises on the Upper Newtownards Road area were set alight yesterday.

The fire was reported shortly before 10.30pm.

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A front room and front window of the property were damaged.

A police spokesman said fire crews put out the blaze.

Police are treating the fire as arson.

It is the second time in six months that the home has been targeted by arsonists.

In December, arsonists set fire to a ground floor room at the property, which was recently used as offices.

The boys' home was at the centre of a child sex abuse ring.

Three senior care staff - William McGrath, Raymond Semple and Joseph Mains - from the children's home were jailed in 1981 for abusing 11 boys.

The police spokesman appealed to anyone with information to call them on 101.

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