Fresh appeals over arson and vandalism

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Police have renewed their appeal for information about an incident in which a lorry was set on fire in Derry last month.

Substantial damage was caused to the DAF lorry, which was parked in a yard in the Heath Road area, when the arson attack occurred on the evening of Friday, October 21.

A JCB front loader was also damaged during the incident.

Police received a report of the lorry on fire at around 10.30pm that evening.

PSNI Constable Devlin said: “I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1445 of 21/10/16.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Police are also appealing for witnesses and information following two reports of criminal damage that occurred at Skeoge Industrial Estate earlier that same evening.

In relation to this, Constable Devlin said: “It was reported that at approximately 7.50pm on Friday October 21, optic cables leading to two businesses in the Skeoge Industrial Estate had been cut.”

“We are appealing to anyone that may have any information regarding this incident or to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1371 on 21/10/16. Or, alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”