Police investigating after burglars enter three homes

BURGLARS have entered three homes, police said.

Detectives are appealing for information following three reports of burglaries at residential premises in Ballycastle on Monday 28th October.

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said: “It was reported to police shortly after 6:35pm that entry was gained to a house in the Leyland Park area.

“Another property in the Leyland Park area was also entered and ransacked sometime between 3:30pm and 8:10pm. At this stage, it is not clear if anything was taken from either of the properties.

“Sometime between 6:30pm and shortly after 10:00pm, it was reported that entry was gained to a house in the Atlantic Avenue area. It is believed that a sum of money and other items were taken during the incident.

“Enquiries are continuing and police are investigating a link between these three incidents.

“We would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in either area at the relevant time to contact detectives on 101 and quote reference number 1648, 28/10/19. Alternatively information can be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

In a statement to ‘Ballymena Daily’, Ballycastle Sinn Féin councillor Cara McShane has appealed for people to be more vigilant and look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours in the wake of the spate of burglaries

Cllr McShane said: “I have been contacted by a number of residents expressing concern regarding the number of incidents which have happened in recent days in Ballycastle, with individuals gaining access to people’s homes and ransacking properties.

“These attacks are vile and appear to be indiscriminate. Those responsible need to be stopped and brought to justice.

“I cannot advise strongly enough the need for residents to ensure that all doors and windows are before leaving your home. We all have a responsibility to ensure our own safety as well as looking out for our neighbours.

“Anyone who notices any suspicious activity or who has any information on the recent series of burglaries should contact the PSNI immediately.”

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