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Boy (12) among those questioned over west Belfast car crimes

By John Mulgrew

A 12-year-old boy is among several people who have been questioned by police over car crime such as joyriding in west Belfast.

The revelation came after three cars were stolen in the Lower Falls area of the west on Monday night.

One - a silver Honda Civic - was found by police after it collided with a lamppost in the area.

Two other cars - a red Peugeot 306 and red Mitsubishi Lance - were also recovered.

A 14-year-old boy and a man aged 46 were arrested in connection with the theft of the Mitsubishi and have since been released on police bail pending enquiries.

In a separate car crime incident on New Year's Eve, police said a 12-year-old boy was "spoken to in relation to the incident and has since been dealt with by way of youth conferencing".

Appealing for information, chief inspector Emma Bond, said police were "continuing to tackle the issue of vehicle crime in the area as a matter of priority".

"Once again, members of the local community were put at risk last night by reckless individuals who are stealing vehicles and driving them dangerously in this area," she said,

“We are investigating these incidents but I would also appeal to anyone with information in relation to the theft of these vehicles to contact police.

"We are committed to dealing with those who are putting the lives of the local community at risk with this dangerous and illegal behaviour."

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