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15-year-old boy arrested after catalogue of destruction in west Belfast

A suspect was arrested in Conway Place and `a hammer and other items' were found nearby

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested after a catalogue of destruction in west Belfast saw several vehicles damaged and a number of thefts in the early hours of Tuesday.

He was later released 'pending further inquiries'.

Shortly before 1am police received a report of criminal damage and theft of a number of items from a vehicle parked outside a home just off Falls Road.

Police received another call at 1.12am reporting that a car parked on Ross Mill Avenue had a rear passenger window smashed, followed by another report at 1.20am that a window had been smashed on a car parked in Crocus Street.

As patrols investigated those incidents, they came across a minibus in Clonard Crescent which had a number of windows smashed and a door damaged.

Police then received a call at 2.12am, reporting that another car parked on Conway Street had a window smashed.

A suspect was arrested shortly afterwards in Conway Place and "a hammer and other items" were found nearby.

Then, just after 5.20am a further report of damage to three buses in a yard off Clonard Crescent was logged.

A spokeswoman said detectives "believe these incidents are connected" and appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious or who may have information, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 54 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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