Police in Strabane are appealing for information about the theft of batteries from heavy plant machinery at a quarry on Cashty Road in Newtownstewart some time between 7pm on Saturday evening, 6th May and yesterday morning, 8th May. 

Anyone who was on Cashty Road between these times and saw any suspicious activity, or who has been offered batteries of this nature for sale in suspicious circumstances, is urged to call 101, quoting 492 of 08/05/23. You can also make an online report via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Police want to take this opportunity to appeal to owners of plant machinery stored on farms or business sites, such as quarries, to review their security.

Crime Prevention Officer Mitch Freedman explains: "Plant machinery, and associated parts, are expensive and when stolen or damaged can have significant cost implications for owners. Making the area where machinery is stored secure is crucial. 

"Local residents can also help because we know that increased vigilance and security are key elements in denying criminals the opportunity to steal machinery or equipment. Local residents know their local area best so should anyone notice something which looks suspicious, or are aware of machinery being moved at odd times, or notice unusual attention being paid to machinery stored at a site, call us on 101, always 999 in an emergency." 

For more information phone your local crime prevention officer or neighbourhood policing team on 101.