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Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly goes to aid of neighbour as he 'tackles would-be car thief'

By Claire Williamson

Published 15/07/2015

Gerry Kelly
Gerry Kelly

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has told how he tackled a would-be car thief as he went to the aid of his neighbour in the early hours of the morning.

Mr Kelly was woken up by noise close to his west Belfast home at around 5am on Wednesday July 15.

He said he got dressed and when he went outside discovered that someone had broken into one of his neighbours' houses and appeared to be stealing their car.

The North Belfast MLA said he and a neighbour made a citizens' arrest and detained the would-be car thief until police arrived.

He said: "The police were called and I helped my neighbour restrain the individual until the police arrived.

"I want to thank the passing motorist who raised the alarm and blocked the car from leaving the driveway.

"Car crime is a serious issue and no one needs the expense of having to repair or replace a car which has been stolen."

A spokesman for the PSNI said: "A 15-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, attempted theft, threats to kill and breach of bail

"He was arrested after being detained by members of the public following an incident at a house in the Falls Road area of West Belfast around 5am this morning.

"He is currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries."

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