Detectives have made an arrest in connection to a series of recently linked reports across County Down.

Detective Sergeant Westbury said: “Searches were carried out at a property in the Clanmorris Close area of Bangor on Wednesday evening, 17th May.

“A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a number of offences, including attempted hijacking, hijacking, robbery and possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence.

“He was also arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal, making off without paying and possession of a Class B and Class C controlled drug.

“A number of items were seized at the property and have been taken away for further forensic investigation.

“The man has since been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries.

“Last night’s arrest relates to a report of a vehicle hijacking in the Ann Street area of Newtownards on Friday, 12th May.

“It was also in connection to a suspicious vehicle in the Millisle Road area of Donaghadee, an armed robbery in the Thorndale Road South area of Carryduff and an attempted vehicle hijacking reported in the Toscana Park area of Bangor on Monday, 15th May.

“Our enquiries remain ongoing and anyone with information that could help is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 2439 of 12/05/23.”

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