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Police believe spate of burglaries in Newry, Mourne and Down may be linked

Police believe the eight burglaries may be linked

POLICE investigating eight burglaries in counties Down and Armagh believe they could be linked.

Members of the public are being urged to be vigilant after a spate of break-ins in the Whitecross, Camlough, Mayobridge, Newry, Banbridge and Ballynahinch areas over the weekend.

Police said in the first burglary on Friday June 21, premises on the Newcastle Road, Ballynahinch were broken into and a trailer and two multi-head strimmers were stolen at around 10.10pm.

On Saturday, four burglaries were carried out on Carnacally Road, Mayobridge, Armagh Road in Newry, Aughnacloy Road in Banbridge and Greenan Road, Newry.

The break-ins happened between 6.15am and 4pm.

A further three burglaries occurred on Main Street, Camlough between 8pm on Saturday and 8am on Sunday, then Dublin Road, Newry between 3.30pm and 6pm and Drummond Road, Whitecross sometime before 6pm.

A PSNI spokesman said: "We believe there may be links between some of these burglaries and would ask anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in any of the areas listed above around the relative times to please contact detectives in Newry".

He urged members of the public to be vigilant.

"If you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn’t look right then let us know. Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can," he said.

"We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straight away.

"The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be."

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