An attempt by police to stop a stolen vehicle near Warrenpoint last night resulted in minor injuries to five police officers when the vehicle collided with two police vehicles.

At approximately 8.40pm last night 15 January, Police received a report that a car had been stolen from premises in the Castlewellan Road area of Newcastle.

Police responded to the call and set up a vehicle check point on the Moygannon Road, Warrenpoint. Police attempted to stop the stolen vehicle at a vehicle checkpoint, however the driver failed to stop and collided with two police vehicles resulting in minor injuries to five officers. The road was closed for a time.

Two police vehicles were also damaged in the incident, one of them extensively.

Police have arrested a 29 year old man on suspicion of a number of offences including aggravated taking and driving away, dangerous driving, and possession of an offensive weapon. He is currently in police custody.

Inspector Nigel Henry said: “This was excellent work from our officers and a prime example of police working to keep the community safe. I would ask anyone who has any information about crime of any sort to contact police on the non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Five homes in Warrenpoint, Mayobridge, Rostrevor and Kilkeel were targeted by thieves on Friday past, 29 December and police are investigating a possible link between them all.

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: “Three males were disturbed in two burglaries, which occurred in Warrenpoint and Mayobridge on the evening of 29th December and may have been sighted at other locations in the areas of Kilkeel and Rostrevor that same evening.

"We are investigating a possible link between these incidents and would like to hear from anyone with information. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have noticed three males or any vehicles acting suspiciously in these areas on Friday 29 December. Please call 101, quoting reference number 991 29/12/17, should you have any information.”

During the Christmas season oportunistic thieves can be on the look out for potential easy targets and Police in Newry are urging residents to take steps to protect their homes and reduce their risk of becoming a victim of crime.

It’s after a number of recent burglaries in which thieves gained entry to homes via unlocked doors.

A handbag, a purse and house keys were stolen from one property in the Mayobridge area on 8 December. (Reference 1073 of 8/12/17).

At around 5.45pm that same date entry was gained to a property in the Knocknagreana area of Warrenpoint. Rooms were ransacked and a number of items including jewellery and a purse were stolen. (Reference 1291 of 08/12/17).

Also on Friday 8 December police received a report that thieves had entered a house in the Beechfield area of Rostrevor. The incident occurred sometime between 8.45am and 6.10pm. It does not appear as though anything was taken. (reference 1371 08/12/17)

Anyone with information relating to these incidents can contact police on 101 quoting the relevant reference number.

Top ten tips to beat the burglar!

1: Close and lock all doors and windows even if you are only going

out for a few minutes.

2: Leave a light on if it will be dark before you get home. Consider

security lights. To a burglar a dark house is an empty house.

3: Keep your valuables out of sight.

4: Cancel milk or other deliveries if you will be away from home.

5: Don’t leave car keys near your door, letterbox or windows.

6: Always check who is at the door. Not sure? Don’t open the door.

7: Set your alarm when going out and at night time. If you do not

have an alarm consider installing one.

8: Ask a neighbour or a friend to check your property and to remove

post from the porch/hallway.

9: Inform police if your house is to be vacant for any length of time.

10: Always keep sheds and outbuildings locked and secure ladders.

Following a number of burglaries in the greater Newry area last Wednesday Detectives are appealing for information from anyone who might have seen anything suspicious.

Detective Sergeant Mark Crothers said: “We believe that these incidents may be linked. Two properties in Bessbrook were targeted between 7pm – 10.30pm on Wednesday. In the first incident, in Father Cullen Park, a number of males called at the front door of a house and when the resident did not answer, the group made off in a small dark-coloured vehicle.

“A second property in the Cloughreagh Park area of the village was also entered and ransacked some time during the evening.

“Between 6.45pm and 9.15pm, a window was smashed and a number of rooms ransacked in a property that had been entered in the John Martin Gardens area of Newry.

“A property in the Craignamona View area of Mayobridge was entered at around 8.30pm and an upstairs bedroom of the property ransacked. A number of males were seen leaving the area at speed in a dark-coloured Volkswagen Golf.

“Anyone who has any information or saw anything suspicious in these areas during Wednesday evening should contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1286 of 13/12/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

The PSNI are investigating a report of an assault on a 27 year old man in Newry last Sunday 19 November.

Sometime after 2.00am as the victim was making his way from Toragh Park towards Carlingford Park he was grabbed from behind and assaulted. He received an injury to his eye and nose.

Constable Bailie would appeal to anyone who has information about this assault to contact Police at Newry on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1092 20/11/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police at Ardmore are appealing for help in locating an orange KNK Petrol Strimmer stolen from a shed in the Shandon Park area of Newry between the evening of Saturday 18th November 2017 and the morning of Sunday 19th November.

The strimmer stolen in Newry.

Police are following a line of enquiry that Social Media sites where used to advertise and sell this item.  Did you or do you know someone that may have purchased an orange KNK Strimmer in the days after the 19th November?  Did you reply to an advertisement on Social media about this make and model of equipment?

If you have any information relating to this please contact 101 and quote the reference number 584 19/11/17.

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following a report of an assault at a house in the Carrickateel Court area of Newry on Sunday 19th November which left a man in his 30's with stab wounds to his chest.

Detective Constable McKeever said “At approximately 11:25 am it was reported to police that a man in his 30s had been stabbed in the chest at a property and was then taken to hospital for his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening at this time. Three men in their 40s have since been arrested in relation to the incident but have all been released on bail pending further enquiries.

I would ask that anyone with information contact 101 quoting reference 575 of 19/11/17, or if they wish to remain anonymous Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Detectives in Newry are investigating an arson attack at a property in Loanda Crescent on Saturday morning 11 November and are asking anyone who notices suspicious activity to contact them.It's believed an accelerant was poured on the door and set alight.

Detective Sergeant Peter Stewart said: “Police received a report of a fire at the front door of a first floor flat at Loanda Crescent at around 8am on Saturday morning. Upon arrival of police and NIFRS personnel, the fire had been extinguished by a neighbour. Checks were then carried out to ensure no-one was inside the flat. At this time it is believed that accelerant was poured on the door and then set alight. The door of the flat has been badly damaged as a result of the fire and smoke damage caused to the inside of the property.”

You can contact detectives in Ardmore on 101 quoting reference number 354 11/11/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

An elderly man in Lurgan has been defrauded out of a large sum of money by two men in their thirties who spoke with what has been described as Newry accents. The two were travelling in a white van.

The incident occurred around 10am yesterday morning, Tuesday 31 October. The two men approached the homeowner in the Kingsway Drive area of Lurgan offering to clean and de-weed his drive and pathways. The elderly gentleman withdrew the money from his bank and handed it over to the males who did not carry out the work.

Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: “This is a sickening exploitation of a vulnerable 79 year old man and I am appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone who seen two males in a white van in the Lurgan area yesterday to contact officers on 101 quoting reference 533 31/10/17.

“We recognise that not all cold callers are rogue traders or criminals however we want every householder, particularly the more vulnerable, to have the confidence to refuse services they do not require or want.

“Neighbours can also play a vital part in helping protect the more vulnerable in their community against this kind of crime. Look out for suspicious vehicles and people and report ALL suspicious activity to Police.

“We want to empower residents to discourage those unofficial traders who may overcharge an unsuspecting householder for poor quality work or work that is never completed at all. Rogue trading and its links to burglary can have a significant impact on the vulnerable and elderly within our communities. Often rogue doorstep traders target the most vulnerable in our society. If you would like crime prevention advice please speak the Crime Prevention Officer on 101.”