Arrests after burglary at Legion

Police have arrested four men following a burglary at the Royal British Legion in Donaghcloney.

They were made aware of an alarm activation at the premises at 2.08am on Friday morning, May 16. Officers attended and found that entry had been forced to the premises. Police viewed CCTV and four males were observed entering the building.

Local officers liaised with their colleagues in Roads and Armed Response Unit and a silver Volkswagen Golf was stopped in the Bentrim Road area of Lisburn.

Three males, aged 30, 32 and 36 years old, were arrested on suspicion of burglary. A 28-year-old male was arrested a short time later in Belfast on suspicion of burglary.

All four were released on bail pending further enquiries.

Mayor Mark Baxter condemned the incident: “I was disgusted to hear of the burglary at Donaghcloney British Legion at the weekend but unfortunately not shocked,

“It is especially sickening on this occasion that a charity that does vital work with those who serve their country and have served their country is targeted.

“On this occasion I must praise police who I believe apprehended four men in connection with the incident and would urge any members of the public with any information to contact police or crime stoppers, can I also appeal to residents across the borough to be vigilant at this time “

Deputy Mayor Colin McCusker congratulated police on their work: “On a more negative note, it is disgraceful that this type of crime continues to occur in our area.”