Lord Mayor condemns arson attack at Craigavon Area Hospital

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Lord Mayor Alderman Gareth Wilson has described the recent arson attack at Craigavon Area Hospital as a reckless, pointless and destructive act which potentially could have endangered the lives of patients, staff and visitors had it not been for the swift response of the fire crew who attended the scene and managed to contain the fire and limit damage at the rear of the hospital’s pharmacology lab where an industrial bin at a loading bay had been set on fire.

“It’s an absolute disgrace that our local hospital, which is already under pressure dealing with an unprecedented number of sick patients at this busy time of year, has been targeted. It’s hard to fathom why anyone would want to carry out such a senseless act which could have resulted in more serious consequences.

I commend our fire service whose efforts averted what potentially could have been a major incident. The same can be said for the police who promptly made an arrest. I would encourage anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the police on the non-emergency number 101 and assist them with securing a conviction against the perpetrator who committed such a deplorable act.”