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Police Appeal Following Spate of Newry Burglaries

Police are investigating a number of burglaries in Newry on Sunday, 6th February and Saturday, 5th February.

Inspector Gibson said: “It was reported to police at around 5.50pm on Saturday, that entry had been gained to a house in the Ashgrove Park area.

“Damage had been caused to a glass pane in a door and a window frame, and two bedrooms had been ransacked. An engagement ring and a wedding ring had been taken.

“Four males travelling in a silver Audi were seen in the area at the time of the incident. The first male was described as wearing a black and white cap, and dark coloured top, bottoms and trainers. The second male was said to be wearing a cap, a dark coloured coat, a light coloured t-shirt, and jeans.

“A description was given of the third male as wearing a dark coloured face mask or balaclava, a dark coloured jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms, and dark trainers with a white sole.

“A fourth male was said to be wearing a dark coloured face mask, cap, hoody and tracksuit bottoms, with white socks and dark coloured trainers.”

Inspector Gibson continued: “We received a further report that entry had been gained to a house in the Sandy Hill area of Newry sometime between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturday. A number of cupboards had been ransacked but at this stage, nothing is believed to have been taken.

“Two more reports relating to incidents at houses in the Chancellors Hall area of the city have also been received.

“Entry was gained to one of the properties between 2pm and 10.20pm on Saturday, and a mobile phone was taken. A report of entry being gained to a second property was received at around 12.20pm on Sunday. It is not clear at this stage if anything was taken.

“Both properties were ransacked.

“Our enquiries are continuing, and we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity, or who may have any CCTV footage or other information which could assist us, to contact 101, quoting reference number 1309 of 06/02/22.”

A report can also be made online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Advice around home security can be found on PSNI social media and website pages but by following some very simple steps you can help to reduce the risk of you or your loved ones falling victim to burglary.

Close and lock all doors and windows, even if you are only going out for a few minutes.
Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home. Keep your valuables out of sight.
Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows. Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.
Set your alarm when going out and at night time. Be a good neighbour and report suspicious activity straightaway.

ENDS

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