Mullaghbane Community Safety Group foil robbery

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Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
Members of Mullaghbane Community Safety Group, in conjunction with the PSNI, have intercepted an attempted robbery at mushroom houses on the Longfield Road, Forkhill. It is believed that during the incident, which took place just after midday on Tuesday 6th August, two men had gained entry to the premises in order to steal copper and other items. One man was detained by the community volunteers at the scene until the police arrived. The actions of members of Mullaghbane Community Safety Group has been praised by local Councillor Anthony Flynn. “This incident demonstrates the value of members of the community being involved in community safety. “It is thanks to the quick thinking, bravery and local connections of the members of the Safety Group that this robbery was stopped in its tracks. “It is great to see community representatives and the PSNI working in conjunction for the good of our society and I hope that this respectful working relationship can continue.” Councillor Flynn also praised the actions of the police who responded quickly to alerts of the incident. “The police have done a good job on this occasion and that must be commended. Any activity which improves personal safety and the security of homes and businesses is to be welcomed.” A spokesperson for Newry PSNI appealed for information about the burglary. “A 21 year old man was charged with burglary and going equipped in relation to an incident at outbuildings on Longfield Road, Mullaghabawn on Tuesday afternoon, 6th August.

“He appeared before Newry Magistrates’ Court on 7th August and was remanded in custody. A 37 year old male was also arrested on suspicion of burglary and was later released on bail pending further enquiries.

The spokesperson added, “Police are appealing to anyone who noticed a number of males at outbuildings on Longfield Road, Mullaghbawn around 2.30pm on Tuesday, 6th August, to contact them.

“They would also like to hear from anyone who observed a number of males run through fields in the area around the same time. Police in Newry can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.”

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