Downpatrick car fire the second blaze in town in 24 hours

Two cars have been “set alight” within the last 24 in Co Down.

Police in Downpatrick are now investigating two separate attacks, which happened in the same estate.

Both incidents took place in the Ballymote Walk area of ​​the town on Sunday night and in broad daylight on Easter Monday.

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The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene of a car on fire at around 4:15 pm this afternoon and the blaze was extinguished within minutes.

A spokesperson for NIFRS told Belfast Live that one appliance of theirs was in attendance and that their personnel handed the scene over to police.

Police received a report of a car on fire in the Ballymote area of ​​Downpatrick today at 4.15pm.

A spokesperson added that: “Inquiries continue. Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and quote serial 1273 of 18/04/2022.”

The PSNI has not yet commented on whether both car blazes are being investigated as linked incidents.

In relation to last night’s incident, a police spokesperson said they are appealing for information following a report of a burglary and theft of a vehicle in the Ballymote Walk area at around 11.15pm.

Sergeant Ritchie added: “The owner of the vehicle had been out from approximately 2pm and when they returned home they discovered that the car keys had been taken from inside the property and the car, a gray Mercedes, had been stolen.

‘The car was discovered a short time later on fire in the nearby Ballyhornan Road.

“Anyone who may have witnessed anyone suspicious in the area, have dash-cam footage or who may have any information that could help with inquiries, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1809 of 17/04/22.”

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