Loyalist flag protester's car torched
Willie Frazer (centre), a high profile organiser of the loyalist Union flag demonstrations whose car has been torched in an overnight arson attack. Photograph: PA
A car belonging to a high-profile organiser of loyalist Union flag demonstrations, Willie Frazer, has been torched in an overnight arson attack.
Police on routine patrol found the vehicle on fire outside Mr Frazer’s home in Markethill, Co Armagh at around 1.15am.
The prominent victims campaigner, who was asleep at the time, was subsequently evacuated by officers to safety.
Mr Frazer is an outspoken member of the Ulster People’s Forum — a group established to voice loyalist anger at Belfast City Council’s decision in December to limit the number of days the flag flies over City Hall.
Police said the burning car was very close to the house.
Neighbours were also alerted to the blaze and a van had to be moved away from the burning car.
Officers used hand held extinguishers and a garden hose to dampen the fire and prevent it from spreading until fire fighters arrived.
The car was completely destroyed but no one was injured.
Sergeant Gwyn from Armagh PSNI, said: “This was a very dangerous fire and due to the quick thinking actions of officers out on patrol no one was hurt. The consequences if we had not caught this fire in time, do not bear thinking about.
“We have launched an investigation and have conducted house to house enquiries.
“We are appealing to any member of the public who has information in relation to the fire to contact us in Armagh on 0845 600 8000.”
The officer said information could also be provided anonymously through the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.