Police are appealing for information following the report of two arson incidents in the Kilkeel area this week.

Inspector Nicholas Woods said: “It was reported to police at around 2.25 am on Monday morning, that a Volkswagen Passat parked in the Munro Villas area had the windows smashed and an accelerant poured inside. The vehicle was set alight and extensively damaged.

“It then was reported to police at around 4.55 am this morning, Tuesday, 7TH May that a vehicle parked in the Munro Villas area was on fire.  Our colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire. NIFRS believe the cause of the blaze to be deliberate and so the incident is being treated as arson.

“Enquiries are ongoing into the incidents which we believe to be linked and police would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the incident  to contact 101 quoting reference numbers CW 178 – 06/05/24 and CW 159-07/05/24.

A report can be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.