Assaults and arson attacks


One business has been destroyed and a number of people have been seriously hurt during a Halloween crime spree.

In separate incidents, a takeaway was torched and two people were attacked in Craigavon and Lurgan.

The Hot and Spicy takeaway at Legahory Business Centre was set on fire during an early morning attack on Friday.

A Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson said: “Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a call at 2:57am to a report of a fire at commercial premises at the Tullygally Road, Brownlow area of Lurgan in the early hours of this morning (Friday 30th October).

“Two Fire Appliances from Lurgan Fire Station were deployed to the scene of a fire at the ground floor of the premises. Four Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus dealt with the fire.

“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service finished at the scene at 4:18am and the fire is being treated as deliberate.”

Police said the fire is being treated as suspicious.

Meanwhile in a separate incident a 17-year-old man was assaulted on the footbridge between Rushmere and Tesco on Thursday night at around 9.30pm as he walked home from the fireworks display at Craigavon Lakes.

The teenager sustained an injury to his nose.

And in another incident a 21-year-old man was assaulted by a number of men in their 20s close to Lurgan Park on Friday night at around 9pm.

The incident happened close to the junction of Windsor Avenue and Castle Lane.

The victim sustained a fractured cheek bone and bruising to his face and head.

Constable Chris Boyle said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed this assault or has information which may assist our investigation. We can be contacted in Lurgan on 101, quoting ref: 1144 311015.”

If you prefer you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.