Pair charged over stolen cars

Published Saturday, 30 August 2014
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Two men have been charged in relation to the theft of two vehicles in west Belfast.

Pair charged over stolen cars
A total of four people were arrested at two locations in Down. (© UTV)

The cars were taken from the Andersonstown Road area in the early hours of Thursday.

Police arrested three youths in Co Down after chasing a stolen car that failed to stop after crashing in Co Louth.

It was reported that a grey Volkwagen Golf had crashed into a barrier in Drogheda at around 6.35pm on Thursday, before making off from the scene.

PSNI officers pursued the car when it crossed the border.

In Co Down, the vehicle then collided at the junction of the Graceytown Road in Banbridge where three males, aged 16, 17 and 18, made an attempt to flee on foot, but were arrested at the scene.

Police said at the time that they were linking that incident with another in Hillsborough on Thursday evening, in which a 22-year-old man was arrested for various motoring offences.

He was detained after a vehicle stopped at the Hillsborough roundabout matched the description of a blue Vauxhall Astra - one of the two vehicles stolen in Andersonstown.

Two men, aged 18 and 22, were charged with various offences including aggravated vehicle taking, theft of a vehicle and burglary with intent to steal.

Both men were due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

The other two - aged 16 and 17 - were released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

© UTV News
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