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Belfast police catch pallet thieves and return items to business

By Jonathan Bell

Police in Belfast have been able to return pallets to a business after they were taken.

BBC broadcaster Stephen Nolan spotted PSNI Land Rovers and a patrol car in the Ormeau Avenue area on Sunday night. He said the officers were stacking the pallets into their vehicle.

"It just looked bizarre," he told listeners to his mid-morning Radio Ulster show.

Police said they were acting after the theft of pallets in the area.

A statement said: "Police in south Belfast were called to the Ormeau Road last night, Sunday, July 16, following a report a number of young people had removed pallets from a commercial premises in the area.

"Police attended the scene and observed two young males with a number of pallets close to junction of Ormeau Road and Cromac Street. Police spoke with the two males and recorded their details. The pallets were removed from the youths and returned to the premises.

"Police enquiries into the incident are continuing."

The issue of pallets on bonfires has proved controversial. This year Belfast City Council was found to be holding pallets for a bonfire before they were stolen from a ratepayer-owned storage facility. The council is now investigating the matter. It was also revealed over recent weeks that blue pallets, branded with the logo of global manufacturer Chep are only ever rented from the company and remain the property of the firm.

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