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Cigarettes stolen during Dundonald burglary

Police believe the burglary happened between 10pm on Wednesday and 6am on Thursday morning.

Police are appealing for information following a burglary of commercial premises in Dundonald.

It happened in the Craigleith Drive area.

Detective Constable O’Neill said: “Police received a report just before 6am on Thursday 18th January, that entry had been forced to the premises and a quantity of cigarettes had been stolen. We believe the burglary occurred sometime between 10pm on Wednesday, 17th January and the time it was reported to police.”

Four people charged with drug offences

PSNI have charged four people with various offences following searches in Newry on Wednesday.

A 32-year-old man is due before Newry Magistrates court on Friday charged with possession of Class A drug heroin.

It follows the arrest of 5 people after searches of a property in the Newry area on Wednesday.

Two men, aged 34 and 46, have also been charged with possession of a Class A drug, namely heroin.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman has been charged with permitting premises to be used for the supply of a Class A drug.

The trio are due to appear in court next month.

A 56-year-old man has been released unconditionally.

Drug arrests after Newry death

Detectives investigating the death of a 51 year old man in the Dublin Road area of Newry on Wednesday have arrested four men aged 56, 46, 34 and 32 and a 50 year old woman on suspicion of drug-related offences, including possession of a Class A controlled drug, heroin, with intent to supply.

The arrests follow the search of a property in Newry on Wednesday. All five people are in police custody.

In a separate development a 32 year old man charged with manslaughter over the death of the man is to appear at Newry Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

He is also charged with drug-related offences including possession of a class A controlled drug, heroin, with intent to supply.

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Appeal over missing Strabane woman

Lesley McHugh was last seen on Saturday 6th January.

Police and the family of missing Lesley McHugh from the Strabane area are becoming increasingly concerned for her welfare.

The 69-year-old was last in contact with her family on the 6th of January.

Inspector Alison Ferguson said:“Lesley, who is described as being approximately 5’6” tall, of slim build with brown hair was last in contact with her family around 11pm on Saturday evening 6 January. Searches are ongoing along the River Mourne into the River Foyle and police would appeal for those searching to be mindful of their own personal safety given the current weather conditions.”

Anyone who knows of Lesley’s whereabouts or who may have any information to assist Police are asked to contact the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 655 of 07/01/18.

27-year-old man killed in Co Down crash

The road had been closed for a time but has now reopened.

A 27-year-old man has died following a one vehicle crash in Co Down.

It happened at the junction of the Springvale Road and Ballyatwood Road in Ballywalter on Monday night.

Constable Michael McNee said: “The collision occurred at around 11:30pm last night when a silver coloured Peugot 206 left the road and collided with a wall."

"We would ask anyone who witnessed the collision, or who has any information, to contact the Collision Investigation Unit on 101 quoting reference number 1285 of 15/01/18.”

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