Police are asking for people who may have witnessed any suspicious activity following a fire on the Millvale Road in Bessbrook on the evening of Sunday 19 January, which caused considerable damage to a hay shed.

Constable Quigley said: “It’s believed the fire was started at around 7.30pm.

“ Colleagues from Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service attended and extinguished the fire, which is believed to have been started deliberately.

“Considerable and costly damage to the shed roof has resulted, while numerous bales of hay have been destroyed.

“This shed is situated at the front of a property, near the roadside.  And, while the material damage caused has been significant, the end result could have been even more devastating.  It’s worrying to think what might have happened to anyone out walking along the nearby footpath at that time.

You can get in touch with police on 101 quoting reference number 1491 of 19/01/20.

“Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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