Northern Ireland

Fire destroys Twinbrook social club

The social club was destroyed in the blaze
Image caption The social club was destroyed in the blaze

A social club on the outskirts of west Belfast has been destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Friday.

Police said that they believed the Twinbrook Social Club was set alight after a failed robbery.

At one stage, 35 firefighters were tackling the blaze. No-one was injured.

The club is the main social club in the estate and has been established for more than 30 years. BBC NI reporter Mervyn Jess said all that was left were four walls and charred remains.

He said that a committee member at the club had told him that firefighters who had been inside reported that there had been an attempt to prise a machine off a wall using a crowbar.

Our reporter said that the facility was extensively used by the local community but that people there had already vowed to rebuild.

A police spokesperson confirmed that there had been an attempt to force open a gaming machine and a till before the building was set on fire.

It is not yet known if anything was taken.