October 2021

October's programme will feature the appeals listed below:

Arson on Strand Road Derry/Londonderry

Police are investigating an incident of arson with intent to endanger life in Derry/Londonderry during the early hours of 3rd August 2021.

At 3:49am, two men can be seen on CCTV leaving the foyer area of a set of flats, where two bins had been set on fire. The lobby quickly becomes filled with smoke. One of the residents heard the voices in the lobby area and was then alerted by the fire alarm. A resident’s family member arrived quickly on the scene, removed the bins, allowing other residents and their pets to escape.

One suspect has been arrested and charged in relation to this incident, the other has not yet been identified.

Description of suspect:

White male, 20’s wearing sports clothing and a light baseball cap. Dark coloured top.

If anyone in the area has any information on the whereabouts of the suspect please come forward with information to CrimeStoppers.

Commercial burglary in Markethill

Police are investigating a commercial burglary of a bar in Markethill during the early hours of Monday 20th September 2021.

At around 4:00am, two men can be seen on CCTV walking down the side alleyway of the bar towards the rear of a bar just off Main Street.

Twenty five minutes later one man can be seen coming back up the alley carrying a small safe thought to contain thousands of pounds. The other man follows carrying a bag.

Both men get into a Volkswagen Golf MK5 and drive off, heading south. The car is later seen approaching the Mowhan Road roundabout, driving at speed, on the wrong side of the road.    

The number plates on the car at the time are thought to be stolen. The same car is thought to have been spotted driving on various occasions both North and South of the border.

Description of suspects:

Two men in dark clothing, wearing masks.

This has been an organised and targeted operation. Somebody out there knows something about this and Police are appealing to anyone with information to come forward to Crimestoppers.

Attempted hijacking in Belfast

Detectives are investigating an arson, and attempted hijacking with possession of a firearm in Sure Freight, Hillview Road, Belfast at 1:06pm on 9th September 2021.

The lorry driver stated that the male climbed into the cab of his lorry, pointed the gun at him and told him to drive. CCTV footage shows the gunman getting into the cab for a minute before the driver made the decision to flee for his life. The gunman then spends about 10 seconds in the cab before he departs at leisure, with no indication of concern and walks out and left, towards the Crumlin Road. The vehicle is then well alight and fire service attended the scene to extinguish.

The vehicle burnt out was a Scania Cab.

Description of suspect:

Heavy set male, dark clothing, face mask.

We would urge anyone with information or who may have been in this area at the time to come forward and contact CrimeStoppers.

 Murder of Michael Kerr

Detectives are investigating the murder of Michael ‘Mike’ Kerr, who was found beaten to death and covered in blood at the bottom of his stairs at his home address of 51 Birch Drive, Bangor on Tuesday 19th November 2019.

Mike was last seen on the afternoon of Sunday 17th November 2019 putting his bin out at the bottom of his driveway. It is believed Mike died between 2pm on 17th November and 5pm on 19th November 2019.

Two men dressed in dark clothing with their hoods up are captured on CCTV, walking in the direction of Mike’s house on Birch Drive just after 4:30am on Monday 18th November 2019. They are not picked up on camera after that and don’t appear to have went back the same direction they came. Police would like to identify the two men from the CCTV to eliminate them from the enquiry.

Please contact CrimeStoppers if you saw two males matching this description in Birch Drive, Bangor or surrounding area at the time of the incident, or have any information as to the motive surrounding this vicious murder.

Crimestoppers and the victim’s family are offering a reward of up to £20,000 for information the charity exclusively receives – that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Mike Kerr's murder.

To stay anonymous or to be eligible for the reward, you must pass on information directly to the independent charity Crimestoppers.

 Series of supermarket thefts

Police are investigating a series of 38 thefts of baby formula in Tesco, province wide from 3rd February to 7th February 2021. The total amount lost was estimated at around £10,000.

Two suspects, male and female, are captured on CCTV arriving together in a black ford transit van, entering the store, lifting the baby milk formula in bulk from the shelves and leaving without paying for them. The same male and female then travelled to Scotland on the boat from Larne.

The male has since been arrested in Scotland for similar offences. The whereabouts of the female is still outstanding.

Description of female:

Female: thought to be from Romania, light coloured hair, seen in the CCTV wearing a white puffa coat with black emblem on the right shoulder, red t-shirt underneath, has a noticeable limp in the footage. She is thought to be in her late 20s/early 30s.

Police would urge anyone who has information surrounding these thefts to step forward and contact CrimeStoppers.

 Unlawfully at large – Extradition team

Police are appealing for information to assist in locating 47 year old Valerijus Voronenko, who is currently at unlawfully at large.

Valerijus Voronenko is currently wanted by Lithuanian authorities in relation to a serious domestic assault involving a juvenile. The PSNI had arrested Mr Voronenko on the power of the extradition warrant and he was granted court bail pending the outcome of the process. Mr Voronenko has subsequently failed to comply with his bail conditions and is now wanted for arrest breaching his court bail.

He is described as being 5ft 5in, of a stocky build with short, dirty-fair, shaved hair and blue eyes. At this time he is believed to be in Northern Ireland.

We are appealing to anyone who has seen Valerijus Voronenko, 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.

Dog Segment

The Police Service of Northern Ireland have a specialist dog section who provide a 24 hour response in keeping our communities safe throughout Northern Ireland. Our dogs have the ability to track people, look out for evidence of criminality and carry out searches locating missing people, criminals, drugs, firearms and even money.

In a typical week Dog Section search teams will look for 3 missing persons, conduct 19 searches for drugs, firearms, cash and explosive substances. Our General Purpose dogs will respond to 29 calls for assistance ranging from the recovery of stolen property, from burglaries, tracking offenders and the containment of serious crime scenes.

How do they do this? Our dogs can follow a scent trail or identify a specific scent which is undetectable to humans. Even with the development of technology the police dog remains one the most valuable assets in modern day policing.

We take great pride in our policing dogs and make sure the welfare of our dogs is of paramount importance. They have regular checks by the veterinary surgeon and have a unique relationship with their handlers. They live with these officers and create a bond where many will remain with their handler when their working life comes to an end and it’s time for them to enjoy their retirement. 

All of their operational functions contribute to delivering a high quality service and delivering on our commitments to Keeping People Safe.

Hate Crime Awareness Week

The 9-16th October 2021 marks National Hate Crime Awareness Week. Chief Superintendent Gerry McGrath joined Wendy and Dearbhail in the Crime NI studio to raise awareness of hate crime and talk about the work of the police to protect victims of these crimes.

Around 80% of hate crime doesn’t get reported.  There are a range of barriers to reporting Hate Crime and one of them is that people are unsure as to whether a crime has been committed, CS McGrath urged people to report to the police so that officers could investigate and make that decision.

It’s your decision to report a hate crime to the police – we won’t pressure you and you can access support without the police being involved. But if nobody knows about the crime, nothing will be done to stop it happening again. If you would like the police to know about a hate crime but you really do not want to report the crime yourself, someone else can report it for you.

This is called “third-party reporting”

There is an online form on the PSNI website which you can use to do this: https://www.psni.police.uk/crime/hate-crime/reporting-a-hate-crime/

*Please be aware that this online reporting site is not monitored 24 hours a day. In an emergency you should call 999. To report a hate crime incident call 101.

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/