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Boy (15) released on bail after eight cars damaged during series of incidents in west Belfast

Police have appealed for information (Peter Byrne/PA)
Police have appealed for information (Peter Byrne/PA)

A 15-year-old boy has been released on bail after eight vehicles were damaged during a series of incidents in west Belfast.

Just before 1am on Tuesday police received reports of criminal damage and the theft of a number of items from a vehicle parked outside a property just off the Falls Road.

Police then received another call at 1.12am that a car parked on Ross Mill Avenue had a rear passenger window smashed, followed by another report at 1.20am that a window had been smashed on a car parked in Crocus Street.

As officers investigated these incidents, they came across a minibus in Clonard Crescent which had a number of windows smashed and a door damaged.

The PSNI received another call at 2.12am reporting that another car, parked on Conway Street, had a window smashed.

Police then located and arrested a 15-year-old boy in Conway Place, recovering a hammer and other items nearby.

He was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences including criminal damage and theft from a number of vehicles.

The boy has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Just after 5.20am police received further reports of damage to three buses which had been parked in a yard off Clonard Crescent.

Inspector McClelland said: "While we believe these incidents are connected, I am appealing to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the early hours of this morning, or who may have information, to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 54 of 28 May 2019.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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