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Facebook appeal leads to recovery of stolen vehicle

Police in North Down have recovered a stolen vehicle following an appeal on their Facebook page.

On April 25, police received a report that sometime overnight, a red Vauxhall Corsa had been stolen from outside a house in the Priory End area of Holywood.

An appeal for information was placed on the PSNI Holywood Facebook page and the following day a member of the public, who had read the appeal on the site, contacted local police to report that there was an abandoned vehicle matching the description of the one which had been stolen in the East Link area of the town.

Police attended the scene and confirmed that it was the stolen vehicle.

Inspector Bobby Singleton said: “It's great to see the positive impact our Facebook page is having within the community and it highlights once again the effectiveness of good neighbourhood policing and interaction between the public and police.

“Through our Facebook site, we can develop contact with people who have a real interest in policing in this area and provide relevant and timely information which helps people stay safe, informed and get involved in helping us solve crimes.”

This is the second time in recent months an appeal on the Facebook site, which already has over 730 fans, has had a positive result. In March, a stolen bicycle was recovered after an appeal was posted on the site.

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For more information on police in Holywood or to become a fan, log on to http://www. Facebook .com/pages/PSNI-Holywood/350171741513.

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