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Four men arrested in relation to hijacking and burning of bus in Down

Four men have been arrested in relation to the hijacking and burning of a Translink bus in Down two weeks ago.

The incident took place in the Abbot Drive area of Newtownards at around 6:30am on November 1st.

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Two masked and armed men boarded the bus and poured fuel over the vehicle before setting it on fire.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Saunders said: “We assess that this incident was carried out by members of a local faction of the UVF.”

“Our investigation into this disturbing incident continues alongside an investigation into the more recent hijacking and destruction of a bus in Newtownabbey on Sunday 7th November 2021.”

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“Both of these violent and destructive attacks have had an impact on those people who were directly involved in the incidents and also the wider community,” he continued.

“I appeal to anyone with information about either incident, particularly anyone with mobile phone or dash-cam footage which they think may help our investigation, to contact detectives on 101.”

IMAGE – Nichola Mahon/”File:Flag of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.png” by Cyberbeagle is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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