Crime NI

The BBC Northern Ireland series 'Crime NI' is beginning on Monday, 13 September. This will be a crime detection, prevention and awareness programme.

The series focus will be on ‘domestic crime’ which impacts on people’s everyday lives.

The aim of the programme is to provide a vital role in supporting ongoing investigations through a mixture of studio interviews, information features and reconstructions to help identify offenders and highlight the work of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

Presented by Wendy Austin and Dearbhail McDonald the programme is planned to air on BBC One Northern Ireland on 13 September at 10:35pm and repeated again on 15 September at 11:15pm on BBC Two Northern Ireland. The programme will also be available on BBC iPlayer for one week following transmission.

Crimestoppers

If you have information on any of the incidents featured, contact
Crimestoppers anonymously and securely on 0800 555 111 or through
their Anonymous Online Form.

Any details provided will be recorded 100% anonymously before being shared
with detectives on each case. 

For more visit https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

Arson on Limavady railway

Police are investigating an incident where a vehicle was driven onto a railway line near Limavady and set on fire around 9:00pm on 12 April 2021.

An oncoming train, travelling from Coleraine to Derry/Londonderry, which was due to pass the level crossing within mere minutes of the fire being set was forced to make an emergency stop. It was only due to the quick actions of the train driver that no-one was injured.

CCTV footage shows the moving train approaching the vehicle on fire and a white Range Rover Evoque. Detectives are particularly interested in speaking to the owner of this vehicle at the time of the incident.

Please contact Crimestoppers if you saw a vehicle matching this description in the Limestone Road or surrounding area at the time of the incident. Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £3,000 for information they receive online via their untraceable anonymous online form here on their website or by calling freephone 0800 555 111 which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

Attempted murder

Detectives are investigating the attempted murder of a 30 year old male. The victim was shot 5 times by a lone gunman at a residential property in Hopewell Crescent, Belfast on 21 February 2021. Detectives believe this to be a case of mistaken identity. The victim is incredibly fortunate to be alive.

The vehicle concerned was a dark blue 2004 VW Passat, SE TDi, with registration FHZ3287. The vehicle is known to be have been in Carlisle Circus at 11:06pm.

After the shooting the vehicle left via Carlisle Circus, heading onto the Westlink
before turning off at Fortwilliam and then being seen on CCTV at 11:22pm on Shore Road/Grays Lane heading toward Fortwilliam Golf Club, where it was later discovered burnt out.

Suspect is described as being around 6 ft’ tall and stocky build.

This was a vicious and premeditated attempted murder, and we urge anyone with information to come forward.

Shoplifting Daly’s Chemist

Police are investigating an incident of shoplifting in Daly's Chemist, Banbridge on 17 December 2020. Two suspects are seen on CCTV pretending to shop within the pharmacy.

When they think they are not being watched by staff the male reaches in behind the counter of the pharmacy and takes a perfume set valued at £60. He then hands this to the female and she hides it into her bag. They then leave the pharmacy shortly afterwards.

Description of Suspects
Suspect 1 – Male, mid 20s, approx. 6ft, brown curly hair wearing a black and grey jacket.
Suspect 2 – Female, mid 20s, approx. 5ft 6, blonde hair wearing denim jacket, jeans, red t-shirt and carrying a brown handbag.

Electronic Compromise Theft

Police are investigating the theft of a vehicle from the Hillhall Road area of Lisburn on 5 August 2021. The vehicle was a blue BMW M4.

The suspect held the wires from the backpack over his head and approached the front door of the property. As he stood at the door of the house the doors of the vehicle appeared to open and the lights came on, the other suspect then got into the car and reversed out of the drive and drove away.

This appears to be relay car crime. The suspect at the door has a device that picks up the signal from the car key in the house which is in turn relayed to the suspect beside the car who is in possession of a scanner. This scanner in effect becomes the key and allows the suspect to access the vehicle and start it bypassing any security features without raising the alarm.

We are appealing for any additional information to detect the offenders. To avoid becoming a victim of such an offence this please remember:

• If you have a garage “use it” and lock it. If you have gates ensure these are locked.    Consider using an alarm for your garage and gates.

• Use a steering wheel lock and/or a lock that fits over the gear lever.   Alternatively, a security box can be fitted over the pedals to prevent thefts when the vehicle is parked up.

• When not in use - either at home or when out and about - store all car keys (including spares) in a security pouch.  Security pouches are sometimes termed Faraday bags or signal blockers/shields.

Aggravated burglary outside Ballymoney

At 10:49pm on 24 December 2020 police received reports of an aggravated burglary at a residential property outside Ballymoney.

The victim was attacked in his home by three masked men wearing balaclavas, while another acted as a lookout outside.

The victim’s hands and feet were cabled tied and he was left alone downstairs while the males began searching his home. Noting that the cable tie on his left wrist was not properly secured, he was able to reach for a pen-knife and free himself once the men had left his property.

He ran outside and towards a nearby road junction where he came across two of the masked men, one of whom attacked him further before the victim was able to make good his escape.

We would appeal for anyone who would have any knowledge of those involved in the incident, or who may have been travelling in the area at that time on Christmas Eve and may have seen the masked men as they had to run down the road a distance before getting into a car to contact Crimestoppers.

Missing Person (Ábhristín Ó Cadhlaigh)

Police have renewed their appeal to the public in tracing the whereabouts of
Ábhristín Ó Cadhlaigh who was last seen leaving the Royal Victoria Hospital at
around 6:45pm on 2 May 2021.

He is described as slim to medium build, 5’6” in height with black short hair. He is believed to have been wearing a burgundy coloured jumper with small white dashes, navy/dark jeans and navy moccasin style slippers.

There are reports that he may have been seen in the Portadown and Lurgan areas.

We are asking Ábhristín, or anyone who may have information on his whereabouts, to contact Crimestoppers.

Unlawfully at Large

Police are appealing for information to assist in locating 25 year old Mark Sheridan, who is currently unlawfully at large.

Mark Sheridan, who was serving a sentence of 2 years and 2 months for Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm was released on licence from prison on 19 May 2021. He has since breached the conditions of this licence and has been recalled to prison.

He is described as being around 6ft tall, of medium build with brown hair a short brown full beard and blue eyes and is believed to have connections to Omagh and Enniskillen.

We are appealing to anyone who has seen Mark Sheridan, or who knows of his whereabouts not to approach him but to contact Crimestoppers with any information. 

Police would also appeal directly to him to hand himself in.

Intercept Team feature

Last year, Police launched a new Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Intercept Team, who use vehicles equipped with sophisticated digital technology, to automatically detect the vehicle registrations of those committing or suspected of committing crime as they move around the Northern Ireland road network.

ANPR cameras work by automatically reading registration numbers of passing vehicles, which are instantly checked against database records of vehicles, that are suspected to be used by criminals. Police officers can use this information to intercept and stop a vehicle, check it for evidence and, where necessary and appropriate, make arrests. 

The BBC attended a training day with the team and the programme shows officers ‘in action’ on the roads of Northern Ireland sending a strong message to those using our roads illegally that they will be caught.

Sexual Consent Feature

#NoGreyZone campaign was launched by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2018 to call out what constitutes sexual assault.

As part of a wider Fresher’s Week safety campaign, we will be sharing some of our #NoGreyZone messaging to make sure that everybody is aware of what constitutes consent and the criminal repercussions when that line is crossed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland take all reports of sexual assault extremely seriously.

We work with statutory and voluntary sector organisations to ensure that every victim who comes forward receives the best advice and support they need.

Even if you do not report to the police immediately, you can speak to someone you trust, or an expert trained in helping victims of sexual assault, such as the staff at The Rowan.

You can find out more information here: https://nogreyzone.com/

Crime NI Webpage

To learn more about the programme and watch it on iPlayer click on the link below