Northern Ireland

Three houses attacked in Firmount Drive, Antrim

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Media captionDavid Maxwell reports for BBC Newsline

Three houses in the same street have been attacked within a period of just over an hour in County Antrim.

The attacks at Firmount Drive in Antrim town, began shortly after 21:00 GMT on Monday.

At the first house, a 35-year-old man sustained hand injuries when a gang smashed eight windows and tried to force their way into the property.

Shortly after 22:00 GMT, windows were smashed at a second property and minutes later a third was set on fire.

Firefighters were called to deal with the blaze at the third property, which was unoccupied at the time.

The fire is being treated as arson.

The second attack was on an upstairs flat and a gang also attempted to force entry to the property as they broke the windows.

Police investigating the attacks have arrested a 44-year-old man and a 16-year-old girl.

The man was detained on suspicion of aggravated burglary, resisting arrest, disorderly behaviour and assaulting police. He remains in custody

The teenager was arrested on Ballycraigy Road early on Tuesday morning.

She is being held on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

A PSNI spokesperson said the police investigation was "at an early stage and officers are working to establish the circumstances".

They have appealed for anyone with information about the attacks to contact them.