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Police warning after eight burglaries across Newry, Mourne and Down over weekend

Police have warned the public to be vigilant after eight burglaries across Newry, Mourne and Down over the course of the weekend.

The burglaries were reported in the Whitecross, Camlough, Mayobridge, Newry, Banbridge and Ballynahinch areas.

On Friday at around 10.10pm a premises on the Newcastle Road, Ballynahinch, was broken into and a trailer and two multi head strimmers were stolen.

Four burglaries then occurred on Saturday.

They took place on the Carnacally Road, Mayobridge between the hours of 6.15am and 4pm, on the Armagh Road, Newry between the hours of 7am and 2pm, on the Aughnacloy Road, Banbridge between 10am and 1pm and on the Greenan Road, Newry between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

A further three burglaries occurred on Sunday, on the Main Street Camlough between 8pm on the previous night and 8am on the morning of the 23rd, on the Dublin Road, Newry between 3.30pm and 6pm and on the Drummond Road, Whitecross sometime before 6pm.

Detective Sergeant Bell said police believe there may be links between some of the burglaries and have asked anyone who may have seen any suspicious acitivity in any of the areas listed to contact detectives in Newry on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sergeant Bell said: "There are a number of steps you can take to prevent burglaries. Firstly make sure to close, lock and check all windows and doors, even if you are just stepping outside for a few minutes.

"Get into the habit of doing this every day and make sure to get everyone in the house involved. The more you make this part of your daily routine, the less chance you have of being targeted by opportunistic burglars. 

"Secondly, if you see something on your street or in your neighbourhood that doesn’t look right then let us know. Don’t wait. Pick up the phone and give us the information as soon as you can.

"We have caught burglars in the act because someone called us straightaway. We have stopped vans with stolen goods on-board because someone called us straightaway.

"The sooner we know, the faster we can respond and the safer your neighbourhood will be."

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