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Four facing court appearance over North Coast election poster thefts

Police said they investigated all reports of crime to the best of their ability.
Police said they investigated all reports of crime to the best of their ability.

Four people are to appear in court charged with the theft and criminal damage of candidate posters for the forthcoming local government elections.

The charges follow after police stopped a suspicious vehicle in the Portrush area on Tuesday night and found stolen election posters.

The posters had been stolen from locations around the North Coast, police said.

Parties across the political spectrum have complained of the theft and damage of their campaign posters over recent weeks and from right across Northern Ireland.

Sinn Fein accused the police of "indifference" to the thefts following a spate of incidents in the south Antrim area. However the PSNI said it was taking the necessary steps to investigate the incidents and determine if there was a sectarian motivation. One man had previously been arrested for theft of posters in kilkeel. He was later released pending further investigation.

"Some of you out there will scoff at this post," said police of the Portrush arrests, "and allege political policing however in our eyes when any member of the public reports a crime to ourselves it is investigated to the best of our ability irrespective of religion, race, disability or sexual orientation.

"Please reflect on what your own expectations would be if you became a victim of crime."

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