Culnady arson is ‘attack on local community’

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by Gillian McDade

THE recent spate of arson attacks on a clothing bin in Culnady has been condemned by DUP Mid-Ulster MLA, Ian McCrea.

The Assembly member has called upon those responsible to stop their anti-social acts immediately.

Police have confirmed two arson attacks in the area - the first occurring around 10am on Saturday, October 6 when a clothing bank situated outside a school on the Ballymacilcurr Road, was set on fire and completely destroyed. No one was injured during the incident.

The second incident occurred sometime between Saturday, October 6 and Monday, October 8 when a coal bunker inside the school grounds was set on fire. Criminal damage was also caused to the school property.

Speaking from Stormont, Mr McCrea said he condemned the actions of the people responsible for the arson which, he said, serves no purpose whatsoever.

“Having already spoken with police on the matter, I want to stress the importance of anyone with information relating to these attacks to come forward and contact them immediately,” he said.

“This is not just an attack on a clothing bin, it is an attack on the local community.”

Police in Maghera are appealing for information and are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity around the school to contact them at Magherafelt station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.