Petrol bomb attack on Belleek Hotel

Petrol bomb attack on Belleek Hotel
The Carlton Hotel in Belleek has been damaged in a suspected petrol bomb attack.

The Carlton Hotel in Belleek has been damaged in a suspected petrol bomb attack.

At around 1.30am this morning, the PSNI were alerted that a window had been smashed and an object, thought to be a petrol bomb, thrown inside.

Police and The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were quickly on the scene. The fire was extinguished before it spread, although there was some damage to the hotel.

No one was injured in the incident.

Bundoran Town Cllr. Mick McMahon, who was born and reared in Belleek, said the alert was raised by a security officer who was in the hotel.

He said: “This wanton vandalism it unacceptable. It is not what Belleek needs: the town needs business, stability and people coming into it.”

Fermanagh South Tyrone MLA, Sinn Féin’s Phil Flanagan, condemned the attack, which he called “an outrageous act of vandalism”.

Last week, the Democrat reported that the 35-bedroom hotel, which closed in early January with the loss of 25 jobs and was placed into administration, had been sold.

Mark Carron of Osborne King, who handled the sale, told the Democrat that the new owner’s intention was to re-open as soon as possible.

The PSNI are treating the incident as arson and are appealing to witnesses or anyone with information to contact CID in Enniskillen on 0845 600 8000 or 04890 650222, if ringing from the Republic.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.