BREAKING NEWS - Arson attack on home of Moyle councillor

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The Ballycastle home of independent Moyle councillor Padraig McShane has been targeted in an arson attack overnight.

Detectives are appealing for information after a report of arson at residential premises at the Whitehill Avenue, Ballycastle area in the early hours of this morning (Saturday 4th October).

Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee said: “Shortly after 2:40am, it was reported that a flammable liquid was poured through the letter box of a house in the area.

“Extensive damage was caused to the front door of the property and smoke damage to the interior of the house. No one was in the property during the incident.

“Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone with any information to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Chairman of Moyle District Council Donal Cunningham has condemned the incident of his Council colleague.

“Any attack on a democratically elected representative is an attackon democracy itself and is totally unacceptable” said Councillor Cunningham.

“This criminal behaviour is not welcome in Ballycastle. I hope the McShane family are able to move on from this ordeal.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward and contact the police, and I hope the PSNI are able to apprehend the perpetrators.”