Northern Ireland

South Belfast car arsons: Police seek man with limp

Cars destroyed in arson attack
Image caption Two cars were destroyed in an early morning arson attack on Wednesday

Police investigating a spate of arson attacks on cars in south Belfast say they are trying to trace a man with a distinctive limp.

In the latest incident, a car was set on fire in Palestine Street shortly after 06:00 BST on Wednesday. The fire spread to another car parked nearby.

Both cars were destroyed, and a house was also damaged.

Ch Insp Robert Murdie said it was "extremely fortunate that no-one was killed or seriously injured".

About 10 cars have been set on fire in the Holyland area and nearby streets in recent days.

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Image caption The fire spread from one car to another parked nearby

He said residents had been helping them in identifying who may have been behind the attacks, and forensic analysis of items linked to one of the recent fires had been fast-tracked.

"Significant police resources have been deployed in the area with video capability and on the basis of intelligence received, some of these locations are being reviewed to assist in the identification process," he said.

"A witness has provided us with information that leads us to believe that the male involved has a distinctive limp."

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