Whiteabbey arson attack suspect released on bail

Police cordoned off the scene of the arson attack at Glenville Park. INNT 25-093-FP
Police cordoned off the scene of the arson attack at Glenville Park. INNT 25-093-FP
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A 36-YEAR-OLD man arrested in connection with an arson attack in the Glenville area of Whiteabbey last week has been released on police bail.

A PSNI spokesperson confirmed this week that the man, who was arrested on suspicion of arson endangering life, has been released, but is due to be questioned again in a few weeks time.

The man was arrested following an incident in Glenville Park at around 2am on Wednesday morning (June 15) during which petrol was poured through the letterbox of a groundfloor flat and set alight.

A man, his partner and their three-month-old baby, who were in the property at the time of the attack, escaped the blaze through a bedroom window. The baby boy had to be treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

The family targeted in the incident declined to comment about what had happened, but a relative said they were lucky to be alive.

“The child’s father was up giving him a feed when he heard this noise, like pouring liquid, at the door. Within seconds the whole hall was on fire,” she commented.

“We could have been arranging three funerals here. What sort of person would do that?”

Condemning the arson attack, local Alliance councillor Tom Campbell described it as “a shocking and despicable crime.”

Police enquiries into the incident are continuing and officers have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.