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Man in court accused of crime spree

By Alan Erwin

Published 08/10/2016

A man was remanded in custody yesterday accused of carrying out four burglaries in a 24-hour crime spree.

Thomas Stokes (26) is accused of breaking into properties in east Belfast and Holywood on Wednesday, and motoring and drugs offences.

Stokes, of Jamaica Court in Belfast, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court to face a total of 14 charges. The alleged offences include stealing cash and a watch during a burglary on the Upper Newtownards Road.

Three other burglaries with intent to steal related to a nearby address and two other properties on Holywood's High Street.

The other charges included handling stolen goods, possession of cannabis, dangerous driving on Belfast's Cliftonville Road and failing to stop, report or remain at the scene of an accident.

Stokes was remanded into custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks' time.

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