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Two arrests after men seen fleeing across fields

The arrests came following a number of reports of crime including a burglary in Larne, Co Antrim.

Two men have been arrested after being spotted fleeing across fields following a number of reports of crime (PA)
Two men have been arrested after being spotted fleeing across fields following a number of reports of crime (PA)

By Rebecca Black, PA

Two 22-year-old men have been arrested after a pair were spotted fleeing across fields following a number of reports of crime.

The spate included a burglary in Larne, Co Antrim, on Monday, when a Mercedes car, money and electronic items were stolen.

There was also a hit-and-run road crash in the town as well as an attempted burglary in Downpatrick, Co Down.

Two men were later seen fleeing across fields.

Two men were later arrested on suspicion of several offences including aggravated vehicle taking, causing damage to the vehicle, burglary, attempted burglary, assault on police and resisting police.

Detective Sergeant Emme Wallace detailed the events of Monday.

She said: “A burglary at a property in the Kiln Grove area of Larne is believed to have occurred between 2pm and 5pm. A grey-coloured Mercedes car was reported stolen along with a number of electronic items and a sum of money.

“Earlier, at approximately 3.45pm, a hit-and-run road traffic collision was reported to have occurred in the Pound Street area of Larne involving a Mercedes and a Volkswagen, near the junction of St Johns Place.

“Later, at 6.35pm, an attempted burglary was reported at an address in the Killyleagh Road area of Downpatrick. A male was reported to have attempted to enter the property through a window, but he was disturbed by the male occupant. We also received a report of suspicious activity in the area, where two males were seen running through a field in the area.

“The Mercedes car that was reported stolen was later discovered, having been set alight, on the Killyleagh Road.”

The two men, who police say match the description of the pair seen fleeing over fields, were arrested following a search operation.

“Both men remain in custody this afternoon assisting us with our inquiries,” police said.

“I want to appeal to anyone who was in any of these areas around these times, or anyone who has information which may assist our investigation, to call us on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1543 of 07/10/19.”

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