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Car criminals responsible for causing havoc must be caught

The thieves who stole a car and crashed it into the front of a house yesterday morning left a trail of criminality and destruction from Holywood in Co Down to the Falls Road area of west Belfast.

It is only by sheer luck that a mother and her teenage daughter were not injured after the stolen Range Rover ploughed through the front window and into the living room of their Cavendish Street home.

According to police, this crime spree began around 2am yesterday when intruders entered a house at Carney Hill outside Holywood and stole the keys to a Range Rover Vogue and a Toyota C-HR as well as a television and other items.

The Toyota was later recovered in the Glenmachan Street area of south Belfast.

Meanwhile, the Range Rover first collided with a parked car in Cavendish Street before mounting the pavement and smashing into the home of Roisin Murray, causing significant damage to the front of the house.

This deeply alarming situation could have been much worse as neighbours feared petrol leaking from the car, which crashed close to a gas meter, could explode.

The four males believed to have been in the Range Rover fled from the scene on foot, leaving thousands of pounds worth of damage in their wake and causing enormous distress and disruption to the Murray family.

Unfortunately, creeper burglaries are far too common while those who steal cars and drive them in a dangerous and reckless manner are putting themselves and others at serious risk.

It is essential that those involved in the crimes carried out yesterday in Holywood and Belfast are quickly apprehended by police.

Anyone who can assist the investigation into these offences should come forward as a matter of urgency.

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