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Three to appear in court over theft of £19,000 worth of mobile phones from Banbridge area

Three people are due in court this morning (Saturday) following the alleged theft of £19,000 worth of mobile phones.

One male (28) and two females, aged 24 and 18, are expected to appear in Lisburn Magistrates’ Court charged with a number of related offences.

The charges include burglary and theft of the stolen phones.

It follows on from the arrests of the three individuals in the Banbridge area on Thursday.

The Intercept Team – assisted by Neighbourhood Policing Team officers from Newry, Mourne and Down – were conducting targeted patrols in the A1 area of Banbridge focused on retail crime in which a vehicle was subsequently searched.

At around 4.30pm a suspicious vehicle was observed and kept under observation and monitored to the vicinity of a local retail park.

Inspector Michael Barton said: “The driver became aware of police and a short pursuit ensued before being safely and efficiently brought to a controlled stop by the Intercept team a short distance away.

As is usual procedure the charges will be reviewed by the PPS.

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