Teen charged with £35,000 arson attack at North Belfast youth club

Police in North Belfast have charged an 18-year-old male with arson following an attack on the Holy Family Youth Centre on Limestone Road, in October.

The accused, whose name has not been released by the police at this stage, will appear in court next month.

A minibus belonging to the centre was destroyed in the incident, with the total cost of the damage estimated to be around £35,000.

At the time of the attack a spokesperson for the youth club said: “Last night under the cover of darkness there was a cowardly attack on our community.

“Our two-year-old minibus, which we as a community fund-raised so hard for, was destroyed in an attack for what reason we are completely baffled about.

“The bus was parked at the rear of the youth centre and the fire caused some damage to the primary school and the chapel so this really was an attack on our community.

“Thankfully there was nobody injured but that does not take away from the shock and disgust that we feel this morning.”

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