Independent Ballycastle Councillor Padraig McShane has aired doubts over the motives behind the burning of a bus belonging to the Dervock Young Defenders Flute Band in the village last night.
In a social media status, Cllr McShane said : “The timing of this incident is too coincidental. Any history of criminality and arson in the Dervock area has been attributed solely to the local UDA. There is absolutely no history of any other attacks. These are not only my thoughts but are corroborated by PSNI briefings.
We must ask, Who gains from this alleged arson attack? Obviously a new bus plus instruments. But my belief is that the there is an underlaying current of deflection at play. This arson attack will not deflect from holding to account those who displayed naked sectarianism on the streets of Ballycastle at last weeks racist hate feast.
Whomever burnt the bus, I condemn them for attempting to raise community tensions.
I demand a thorough and transparent investigation into the alleged arson.”