14-year-old arrested in connection with driving offences


Three teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences linked to an overnight car theft in Londonderry.

Two aged 15-years and a 14-year-old were detained after Strand Road Local Policing Team 5 (LPT 5) responded to reports of suspicious and unusual activity from the public.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said a report was made to police around 7.25am this morning when a resident in the Rossnagalliagh area of the city reported his car, a yellow Citreon DS3, had been stolen from outside his address.

The vehicle was found, two hours later, blocking the driveway of a family home in Ballynagard Crescent.

“While responding to the report of the abandoned vehicle, LPT 5 were made aware of another call describing a suspicious vehicle with a number of males on board being driven in the same area,” he added.

“The crew stopped the vehicle and, during a search of the teenage occupants, officers recovered a set of Citreon keys. The three males, two aged 15 and a 14 year old, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of ‘taking and driving away’, and a number of driving offences.

“As police officers we often talk about the importance of community information. Instances like this emphasise just how effective this information sharing can be.”