Northern Ireland

Suspected arson attack on a Strabane farm

A Strabane farmer faces a repair bill of thousands of pounds after a suspected arson attack.

A shed and a combine harvester were badly damaged in the fire on Thursday.

Neil Edwards said it happened while he was attending his son's court appearance on a terrorist-related charge, but he did not know if the two were linked.

He said the shed's asbestos roof made the fire sound like "a machine-gun going off".

Neil Edwards' son, Michael Edwards of Park Road in Strabane, appeared at Strabane Magistrate's Court on Thursday accused of having the registration numbers of three vehicles.

The court heard the documents were found during a search of his car under the terrorism act.

Mr Edwards, who denied the charge, will appear in court again next month.

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