Car torched in Ballymena

Dessie Blackadder

Reporter:

Dessie Blackadder

Detectives in Ballymena are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to a report of a suspected petrol bomb incident which took place in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 28th July.

Detective Sergeant Lenaghan said: “A report was received at 1.40am that a car parked outside a property at Clonavon Terrace had been set alight.

“Officers attended the scene, and discovered that a window on the vehicle had been smashed, and what appears to have been a petrol bomb was thrown inside, which ignited briefly before extinguishing itself.

“It was reported that two people were seen in the area at the time of the incident. They have been described as being of slim build, and approximately 5 ft in height. One was described as wearing a white hoodie with the hood pulled up, and dark coloured trousers. The other person was said to be wearing a dark coloured tracksuit with the hood pulled up.”

Detective Sergeant Lenaghan continued: “A separate report was also received that graffiti was sprayed on a van parked in Clonavon Terrace. Police believe that this occurred at approximately the same time as the petrol bomb incident.

"Detectives are investigating if there is a potential link between the two reports.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time, and may have witnessed any suspicious activity, or who has any information which may assist police with their inquiries, to call 101 quoting reference number 109 of 28/07/21.”

A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport

Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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