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Teenager accused of spate of burglaries in east Belfast refused bail

By Alan Erwin

A teenager was remanded in custody on Friday accused of a spate of burglaries and attempts to take two lorries in east Belfast.

Matthew Trevor Wilson allegedly targeted homes and businesses in an overnight crime spree on streets surrounding Castlereagh Road.

The 18-year-old faces charges related to break-ins were iPads, mobile phones and a Playstation games console were stolen.

Bank cards, a purse, mountain bike, set of scales, National Trust membership card, a glove, pair of glasses and a toothbrush were also taken, according to the charges.

Further allegations involve assault on police, disorderly behaviour, and having cocaine and a knife during the incidents on October 11-12.

Wilson, of Grampian Avenue in the city, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court to face a total of 17 charges.

They included counts of burglary, attempted burglary, having a screwdriver in connection with burglary, attempted criminal damage to a PSNI car and resisting police.

Two homes on Loopland Road and another property at Gibson Park Avenue were raided, it is claimed.

Wilson is also accused of trying to burgle premises at Channing Street, and stealing dashboard and reverse camera equipment from a haulage firm located there.

It is alleged that he attempted to take two different lorries without consent on the same night.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall refused bail, citing the risk of re-offending.

She remanded Wilson in custody to appear again by video-link in four weeks time.

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