PSNI urged to investigate 'arson'

Published Thursday, 09 February 2012
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A west Belfast shop owner whose business was burnt during a security alert is calling for the PSNI to step up their investigation.

PSNI urged to investigate 'arson'
Arson attack and a security alert at a shop in the Glen Road, west Belfast. (© UTV)

Army bomb experts found a pipe bomb during the alert on the Glen Road last month. The shop nearby was destroyed by a blaze which may have been an attempt to lure PSNI officers into the area.

Security camera footage in the area reveals two men close to the shop minutes before it appears to catch fire.

The owner of the shop told UTV he is disgusted by the CCTV images and can't understand why police haven't ruled it to be arson.

Police say they are still investigating the blaze and an investigation to determine if it was started deliberately remains inconclusive.

West Belfast MP, Paul Maskey is also dissatisfied with the PSNI response.

"[The PSNI] need to come forward to say whether this is suspicious or not and whether the fire and pipe bomb is linked.

"If you look at this video evidence what we've seen on that night is that there has be to clear evidence that there is a cross-over between this fire and the pipe bomb attack," he said.

Mr Maskey called for those who carried out the attacks, both the burning of the shop and the pipe bomb, to come forward and explain their actions.

The fire damage to the premises means its doors are now closed and 27 people have been forced into unemployment, while other traders in the area say their businesses have also suffered.

© UTV News
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