Ballyclare and Carrick car wash arson attacks ‘could cost business £20,000’

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The owner of two car washes targeted in overnight arson attacks in Ballyclare and Carrickfergus on Sunday May 24 says the damage could amount to as much as £20,000.

He stated: “I started my business in Ballyclare four years ago and I opened the Carrick business one year ago.

“We have been targeted before with incidents including grafitti.

“I don’t know why I am being targeted in this way.”

While the Carrickfergus premises was able to reopen after the attack, Mr Cufaj hopes to reopen the Ballyclare premises on May 26.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the incidents.

A PSNI spokesperson stated: “Shortly after 11.30pm last night it was reported that a car wash business on Marine Highway in Carrickfergus had been set on fire.

“Damage was caused to a toilet area as a result of the incident.

“At approximately 8.45am this morning it was reported that sometime overnight a car wash business on Main Street in Ballyclare had been set on fire. “Extensive damage was caused to the premises as a result.”

Detective Sergeant John Caddell stated: “Police are investigating to identify if there are any formal links between these incidents and are appealing to anyone with any information that may assist the investigation to contact Neighbourhood Officers in Ballyclare and Carrickfergus on the non-emergency number 101.

“Information can also be passed anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”