Vigilance urged as Aghyaran family home and Mass-goers among target for thieves

Ciara Maguire


Ciara Maguire


Vigilance has been urged this week following a spate of break-ins and attenpted thefts in the wider Tyrone-Donegal border area. The PSNI is now asking all householders and businesses in the community to protect their properties from thieves this Christmas.

That advice has been echoed by the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) following the recent incidents. On Friday, a family home in Aghyaran was broken into and ransacked with a number of valuables stolen. There have also been a number of other break-ins and attempted break-ins in the border areas of Clady and Castlefin.

Homeowners have also been warned to alert to bogus callers following reports of a number of suspicious approaches to addresses throughout the district. Elsewhere, there have been reports of home heating oil thefts with homes in Strabane and Tullywhisker targeted in recent days.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the report of a burglary at a house in the Aghyaran Road area of Castlederg on Friday, December 14.

A spokesperson said: “Entry was gained to the property sometime between 2pm and 6pm and the house ransacked. A quantity of jewellery has been reported stolen. Officers have appealed to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information to contact them in Strabane on 101 quoting reference number 1008 14/12/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100 per cent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”


Local district Sinn Féin councillor, Kieran McGuire, urged residents to be ultra-vigilant. Cllr McGuire, who knows the family well, said they had been left “understandably devastated”. He said he believes an organised gang of burglars are currently operating in the border area.

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