Police in west Belfast are appealing for witnesses following a fire at commercial premises on the Andersonstown Road this morning, Tuesday 9th January.

Sergeant Smyth said: “Officers on patrol in the area at 5.00am saw a vehicle and part of a shop front in flames.

“Our colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the blaze.

“At this stage, it appears that the vehicle was driven at the shop and the fire started deliberately, causing extensive damage.

Sergeant Smyth continued: “Our investigation is underway and anyone with any information, who may have been in the area at the time the incident took place, is asked to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 140 of 09/01/24. We are particularly interested in speaking to those who may have dashcam or other footage.

"If you would prefer to provide information without giving your details you can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."