Northern Ireland

Police probe suspected arson attack at Turkish barbers

Image caption Cleaning up after the fire at the Turkish barbers in Antrim

A fire at a Turkish barbers in Antrim is being investigated by police as suspected arson.

The blaze is believed to have taken hold between 19:30 and 20:00 GMT on Monday at the premises on High Street.

Three fire appliances were sent to deal with the blaze in the mid-terrace building.

The inside of the shop has been gutted. It had opened just a week ago.

Slight smoke damage was caused to the neighbouring buildings in the street.

The owner of a pizza takeaway next door to the barbers said his premises sustained smoke damage in the fire.

Police are not treating the incident as a hate crime at this time.

Image caption The shop was gutted in the blaze and nearby buildings were smoke damaged

Detective Sergeant Lenaghan said: "We are treating this incident as deliberate.

"I would appeal for anyone who may have information which could assist our investigation or who noticed any suspicious activity in the area at the time to contact detectives at Antrim on 101 quoting 1282 04/02/19."