Oil tank in danger in ‘arson’ attack

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An oil tank came perilously close to bursting into flames following a suspected arson attack at the weekend.

Police are investigating the suspected attack at the rear of a house at Liscloon Drive in Shantallow on the morning of Saturday, January 16.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Donnell said: “A passing police patrol noticed the fire at a shed to the rear of the property at around 6.30am this morning.

“Fire service personnel attended the scene a short time later and extinguished the fire. Whilst no-one was injured as a result of this incident, it could well have quickly become a lot more serious due to the close proximity of the oil tank to the fire.“

Detective Constable Donnell would ask anyone who may have been in the area at the time and noticed any suspicious activity to contact officers at Reactive and Organised Crime in Strand Road on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.