Police are appealing for information following two reports of arson in Newtownards last night, Tuesday 22nd August.

Chief Inspector McGrattan said: “Shortly before 11:15pm, it was reported that flammable liquid was poured over the front passenger side of a silver Peugeot 107 car parked in the Spelga Place area and was set alight. Colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service extinguished the fire.

“Shortly before 11:20pm, police received a report that a red BMW Sport car parked in the Whinpark Road area was set alight and received extensive damage. A white Renault Megane that was also parked close to the vehicle received extensive scorch damage during the incident. Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire.

“Enquiries are continuing and at this stage, we are investigating a potential link between both of these incidents.

“We would appeal to anyone with any information in relation to both incidents or who may have dash-cam footage, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 2155 22/08/23.

Alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”