Community centre petrol bombed

Published Saturday, 12 July 2014
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A community centre at Rathcoole in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, has been attacked by arsonists.

Community centre petrol bombed
The damage caused by the petrol bomb attack. (© UTV)

Fire crews were called out to the Diamond area after the Dunanney centre was petrol bombed at around 1am on Saturday.

A number of stones were thrown and a number of windows smashed.

Pat Hutchinson, who is the chair of the Dunanney centre, told UTV it is used extensively by the local community but has been left in an "absolute mess".

She said: "They petrol bombed the side of the centre and the top of the building is completely gutted... the smell and the dirt and the ceilings are down.

"There are 200 people who use this centre every day from babies to pensioners and the majority of those people come to the citizen's advice bureau and we are supposed to open on Monday again.

"It's an absolute mess."

Fire crews attended the scene of the blaze overnight and extinguished the fire.

The Fire Service says crews from Glengormley station used a hosereel jet and a covering jet to deal with the fire in the first floor of the property.

No-one is believed to have been injured during the incident.

Police are investigating and have asked anyone with more information to come forward.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
jill in newtownabbey wrote (199 days ago):
Absolutely disgusted to hear that the dunanney centre was set alight, on 11th night, while everyone was enjoying festivities. The people of Rathcoole need to come out and stand together against these people who have taken a valuable resource, away from them. Disgusting.
Maggie in Belfast wrote (199 days ago):
I dont understand people, what is the sense in this, now prob people going to lose jobs, such a great place for all people to get help, information and support, just makes you sick.
Dean wgaf in Rathcoole wrote (199 days ago):
#REALLY MATURE Rod in carrickfergus NOT!!
PB in Belfast wrote (199 days ago):
Why would you destroy a community centre ?
eddy in belfast wrote (199 days ago):
hooligans need locked up.
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