Arson attack on cars belonging to flute band members being treated as possible hate crime

An arson attack on two cars belonging to flute band members is being treated as a possible hate crime.

The vehicles were targeted, with one burned out and the other damaged, in the Cookstown area in the early hours of this morning(Sunday).

Cookstown Ulster Unionist Councillor, Trevor Wilson, condemned the incident.

He said: “This is another disgusting attack in the Mid Ulster Council area and should be categorically condemned. Members of Sons of William Flute Band were attending a concert in Carrickfergus on Saturday night and on their return home discovered that one of their cars had been burnt out and an attempt was made to burn another one. Its back windscreen was smashed and an attempt was made to set it on fire.

“I have contacted the police who are treating it as a hate crime. At a time when we hear a lot of people talking about respect and rights, the people who carried out this attack obviously don’t believe in it. I would appeal for anyone who has any information to please call the police.”

The PSNI confirmed they are “investigating an incident of suspected arson in the Millburn area of Cookstown”.

They added: “In the early hours of this morning (Sunday) two cars were damaged by fire. Police are investigating the possibility of a hate related motive in connection with this incident and would appeal for anybody who witnessed anything suspicious to contact them in Magherafelt on 101 quoting reference number 91 15/10/17.”

They said that potential witnesses can also pass over information anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Published on the 15th of October 2017
Article taken from the Belfast Live

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