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Attack on cars outside Cookstown band hall described as hate crime.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Attack on cars outside Cookstown band hall described as hate crime. thumbnail The remains of a burnt out car at Cookstown.

AN arson attack on cars outside a Cookstown band hall has been described as a hate crime.

Members of the Sons of William Flute Band, Cookstown were attending a band parade in Carrickfergus on Saturday night and on returning to their hall at Millburn Street discovered one of their cars had been burnt out and an attempt was made to burn another one.

Police, in a statement issued to the Courier, said they are investigating an incident of suspected arson in the Millburn area of Cookstown.

Stated a Police spokesperson: "In the early hours of Sunday morning two cars were damaged by fire.

"Police are investigating the possibility of a hate related motive in connection with this incident and would appeal for anybody who witnessed anything suspicious to contact them in Magherafelt on 101 quoting reference number 91 15/10/17.

"Alternatively any person with information in relation to this incident may contact police anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111." The incident has been condemned by Cookstown Ulster Unionist Councillor Trevor Wilson: "The Sons of William were attending a concert on Saturday night in Carrickfergus and on their return home discovered that one of their cars had been burnt out and an attempt was made to burn another one.

"Its back windscreen was smashed and an attempt to set it on fire had been made. "I have contacted the Police, but most people think this was a sectarian attack and a hate crime."


SDLP Mid-Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone condemned those behind the arson attack.

He said: "The reckless thugs who set fire to a car and attempted to set fire to a second over the weekend are callous criminals. Their actions should be condemned by everyone.

"Those behind this attack have nothing to offer people in Cookstown.

"I would appeal to anyone who say anything suspicious to come forward to the Police as soon as possible." Francie Molloy MP condemned the damage caused to two cars in Cookstown in what appeared to be a deliberate arson attack at the weekend. The MPL stated: "The motive for this act of criminality as yet remains unclear, but regardless of what the motivation was, there can be no justification for attacks of this nature."

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