A hairdressers' salon has been badly damaged in an arson attack in Co Antrim.

A car was reversed through the shutters of the business in Larne's Main Street and set alight overnight.

Police believe a falling-out between two people may have caused a spate of arson attacks on vehicles and property in the town in recent days, but paramilitaries are not thought to be involved.

Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said: "This was a mindless and reckless attack by individuals who have shown no concern for the people of Larne and no respect for the business people trying to make a living in the town.

"This business has been devastated by this attack and there can be no excuse or justification for what happened here last night."

Police believe a man travelled to the scene in the grey Nissan Primera, and then fled on a blue and white motorcycle driven by a second individual.

Three fire appliances attended the scene.

Eight other arson attacks over the weekend are being investigated by detectives and officers are considering if the latest incident is linked.

Two cars were targeted in the town early yesterday and there were similar incidents early on Saturday and Sunday.

Two men aged in their 30s have been arrested as part of the overall investigation.

A 30-year-old man was arrested on Saturday and subsequently charged with grievous bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon. He is expected to appear in court in Ballymena on 11 May.

A second man, 32, was detained yesterday. He has since been charged with common assault and making threats to damage property.

He is due to appear at Ballymena Magistrates Court on 4 May.