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Family flee from house after arson attack as Antrim police investigate hate crime

The incident happened in the early hours of this morning.

THE PSNI HAS said it is treating a case of arson in the Ballymena area of Antrim as a hate crime.

The incident happened at a house at Larne Street at around 12.45am this morning.

Police said a tyre had been placed at the front door of the house and set alight. One of the occupants smelled smoke and alerted the other members of his family who were asleep at the time and they were able to escape from the rear door of the house.

The PSNI said that substantial damage was caused to the front door and hallway area with further smoke damage caused throughout the house.

Detective Inspector Lenaghan said: “This is a disgraceful attack and we are treating it as arson with intent to endanger life and a racially motivated hate crime at this time.

“It is truly shocking that someone would set fire to a house with six people inside without a care for their welfare. I am appealing to anyone with any information to contact police immediately.

“I would also ask anyone who was driving in the area at the time of the incident and who has dash-cam footage which could assist with our investigation to come forward.

“Detectives in Ballymena can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 50 08/07/22.”

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