Northern Ireland

Arson attack on pensioner's home in Ballycastle

A pensioner's home has been damaged in an arson attack in Ballycastle.

The 65-year-old woman was alerted to the fire at her Market Street home by four passers-by at about 00:30 BST on Saturday. They helped to get her and her dog out of the house.

Police said they believed a rag had been set on fire in the letterbox. The front door was badly damaged and there was smoke damage inside the house.

A motive for the attack has not yet been established.

Two men, aged 21 and 20, were arrested in connection with the incident, but have since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Elsewhere, minor damage was caused to St Luke's Community Hall in Twinbrook on the outskirts of west Belfast, following an arson attack.

It is believed the fire was started shortly after 04:00 BST at a small storeroom at the back of the hall.

Two men, aged 21 and 20, were arrested in connection with the incident