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Mystery surrounds white chalk marks daubed on garden fences of homes in Co Down

Police urge residents to be vigilant

By Claire Williamson

Published 18/05/2015


Mystery surrounds white chalk marks daubed on the fences of homes in Co Down.

The PSNI have warned residents in the Dromore area to be vigilant after they received a number of reports on Sunday of men in a white van acting suspiciously and the marks appearing on garden fences in the Laganvale and Thornhill Drive areas.

At this stage police have said that no criminal activity has taken place but are advising preventative measures in a bid to reduce crime taking place.

If residents notice the chalk marks on their home they are asked to take a photo of it before removing it and report it to the police.

In a Twitter post to PSNI Banbridge - police also urged residents to keep dogs inside.

Police in Banbridge have thanked the Dromore community for their vigilance in reporting the suspicious activity.

Inspector Leslie Badger said: “We received a number of reports throughout the day on Sunday of males in a white van acting suspiciously and white chalk marks appearing on garden fences.

“We shared this information on our social media sites to make the public aware and advised householders to remove any chalk marks on their property.

“While there is no evidence at this stage to link the chalk marks to crime, there is no doubt that vigilance and preventative measures reduce the likelihood of a crime taking place.

“We conducted a number of patrols around the town last night and fortunately found no suspicious activity.

“If you find chalk marks on your property, remove them and if you notice any suspicious activity or vehicles please contact us straight away on 101.

"Working together in this way and sharing information allows us to protect our communities and deter criminals."

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