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Fire crews attacked at court fire

Crumlin Road courthouse
There has been another fire at the Crumlin Road courthouse

Firefighters tackling fires at the Crumlin Road courthouse in Belfast were attacked by stone throwing youths, it has emerged.

Crews were damping down a small fire at the rear of the building on Sunday night when they came under attack.

It was the third fire at the listed building over the weekend.

Ten fire appliances were used to put out a major fire at the building - which closed in 1998 - in March of this year.

The courthouse was the venue for hundreds of paramilitary trials during the troubles.

It was purchased by the current Policing Board chairman, Barry Gilligan, for £1 and in 2006 he announced plans to transform it into a luxury hotel.

The original architect of the Grade B listed building was Sir Charles Lanyon, who was also involved in the construction of some of Belfast's landmark buildings including City Hall, Custom House, Belfast Castle and Queen's University.



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