Witnesses sought after Newtownabbey arson attack
Police are appealing for information following an arson attack on a building at Hazelbank Park in Newtownabbey yesterday evening (Thursday, September 23).
In a statement issued to the Times, a PSNI spokesperson said: “At approximately 6.45pm, a report was received that a toilet block had been set alight, causing extensive damage to the building.
“Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or seen two male youths in the area at the time to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 1578 23/09/21.
“A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/”
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council has advised residents that the male toilets at the local beauty spot are closed due to vandalism.
A spokesperson for the local authority said: “The council was made aware of the damage to Hazelbank toilets on Thursday evening and immediately closed the toilets and secured the area.
“Following initial assessment, substantial damage has been caused to the male toilets, however the female and accessible toilets are undamaged and have since reopened.
“Two portable toilets are now on site to provide males with facilities. The estimated cost of repairs will not be established until a full assessment has been carried out by an external contractor.”
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