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PSNI Chief Inspector sends warning to Newtownards hijackers

21 Apr 2011

PSNI Chief Inspector Michael McDonald has sent a warning to criminals who carried out a number of hijacking incidents in the Newtownards area on April 20th.

“Criminals need to understand that if they come in to this district to abuse, threaten and harm the community that lives here and anyone who may be visiting the area, you will be vigorously pursued by the PSNI. We simply will not tolerate members of the public being treated in such a horrific and brutal way.”

“I want to assure the community of Ards that our officers in Newtownards CID are doing all they can to catch those responsible for these two quite shocking incidents,” said the Chief Inspector.

“They have identified a number of witnesses and will be speaking to them as part of their enquiries. They will also be studying CCTV footage in order to try and identify the culprits,” he said.

“It is important to point out that this sort of crime in Newtownards is extremely rare. People come to places like the Duck Pond to enjoy the scenery and relax and more and more people are coming because of the Easter holidays and the good weather. This incident should not discourage members of the community from visiting our local beauty spots.

Our officers will be patrolling the area to ensure community safety , and they will also be making enquiries locally about both of these incidents.,” said the policeman.

The Chief Inspector is asking for the public’s help in finding the criminals involved:

“Were you in the area of Londonderry park, Portaferry Road, The Duck Pond and Kiltonga Industrial Estate anytime between 9pm and 10pm on the evening of Wednesday April 20?  If so Ards CID would like to speak to you.  You may be able to help with this enquiry.

Secondly did you see an old shaped blue Ford Fiesta, with a number of males on board – in the Newtownards area, anytime before or after the incidents?

Anyone with information on what took place last night is urged to contact Newtownards CID on 0845 600 8000 or if someone would prefer to pass on information without giving their details they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”