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Police officer and family escape injury after arson attack at their Larne home

Police are appealing for information

Police have appealed for information following an arson attack at the Larne home of a serving police officer during the early hours of this morning.

The attack, at around 1.45am this morning, destroyed three cars at the police officer's home on the Glenarm Road.

Officers attended and found that the cars had been set alight. All three cars were destroyed as a result.  The fire had also caused scorch damage to the house.  

The officer, his wife and daughter, who were in the house at the time were not injured.

Police have said they are “keeping an open mind” in terms of the motivation behind the attack, but a primary line of inquiry is that criminal elements may be responsible.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: “We are investigating this as an incident of arson.  This was a completely reckless attack which could have had serious consequences. 

"Thankfully, no injuries have been reported in what was a terrifying ordeal for the officer and his family. There are no words to describe those who would set fire to vehicles in the dark of night outside a family home when the occupants were asleep inside.

"Their actions stand in stark contrast to the officer who everyday serves our community with dignity, respect and courtesy.

“At the present time we are keeping an open mind as to the motivation behind this attack however a primary line of enquiry is that criminal elements may be responsible.  Detectives have now initiated a full investigation, which I can assure the community will be thorough and robust.

“I would take this opportunity to appeal for the help of the people of Larne and further afield in identifying those responsible. Were you in the Glenarm Road area late last night of early this morning?  Did you see anyone or anything you felt was suspicious?  Do you have any information about this incident? No matter how small or insignificant it may seem, please get in touch.”

Justice Minister Naomi Long condemned the attack as "appalling and cowardly".

"I don't underestimate the distress that is caused by an incident of this nature at a family home," she said.

"Our police officers put their lives on the line on a daily basis to keep us all safe. My thoughts are with this officer, their family and colleagues.

"This violence achieves absolutely nothing and needs to stop.

"I would encourage anyone with information about this intolerable incident to contact PSNI or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

Anyone with any information is asked to call detectives in Larne on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 100 29/04/21, or to submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/

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