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Police appeal for information after local scrap metal business raided

Police have appealed for information after a local scrap metal business was targeted by thieves over the festive period.  The premises of John Tinnelly & Sons Ltd on the Forkhill Road in Cloughoge was broken into sometime on Saturday morning December 30th, with metal and piping worth a substantial amount of money stolen in the robbery.

A police spokesperson, posting on the PSNI Newry and Mourne Facebook page, said that while Tinnelly staff were enjoying their Christmas break, “other persons thought it okay to break into the premises and steal quite a substantial value of newbite, copper piping and copper wire etc.”

“We are currently following lines of enquiry but need your help. Did you see any persons, any vehicles, in and around the area during the early hours of Saturday morning (30 Dec 17), at approximately 0700 hours? Did you observe anybody with a wheelbarrow at the roadside, anybody loading up a vehicle? Has somebody tried to sell you scrap metal over the last couple of days, for a quick, cheap and easy sale?”

Reminding the public that the suspects “reside within our communities,” the PSNI officer added,

“They are part of your community. Do we want them to continue to wreak havoc on our local business, friends and family members? We certainly don’t. Someone knows who was involved in this. Someone is aware that this incident was planned. Any information you may have, no matter how small, give us a bell.”

Anyone with information on the burglary of the well-known family business is urged to call 101 and quote incident number 502 of 30/12/17.