Police have made three arrests and charged two people to court in connection with a recent attempted burglary in the east Belfast area.

Inspector Savage said: “Officers responded to a report of an attempted break in and criminal damage at a property in the Upper Newtownards Road area on Monday afternoon, 11th March.

“On arrival, it was discovered a security camera had been ripped off the property and a window had also been damaged to a nearby car, as well as damage caused to a garage door.

“Police detected three people in the area acting suspiciously and carried out subsequent arrests.

“A 34-year-old man was later charged with attempted burglary with intent to steal and criminal damage.

“Meanwhile, a second man, aged 44, was also arrested and later charged with a number of  related offences including, two counts of criminal damage, attempted burglary with intent to steal, going equipped for burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and common assault.

“Both men are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 8th April. As is usual procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

“A woman aged in her 40s, who was arrested at the scene in connection with the report was released from custody following questioning.”