A 29 year old male has been arrested on suspicion of a number of offences.

It follows the report of an attempted burglary in progress from a householder in the Sailsbury Avenue area of North Belfast just before 1pm this afternoon (Thursday 19 November),

Detective Sergeant Hollie McCartan explained, “Thanks to the report from a vigilant householder and a detailed description of the suspect, we deployed officers from the local Neighbourhood Policing Team, Auto Crime Team, CID the ANPR unit together with a police dog and handler.

“Through their combined and coordinated efforts, managed to locate the suspect and make an arrest following a foot chase through the area.

“The male is currently in custody assisting with ongoing enquiries.

“This incident highlights the importance of contacting police straight away if you notice anything suspicious, or anyone acting suspiciously in your area. Always trust your instincts and contact police so we can respond.

“I would appeal if anyone saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Sailsbury Avenue, Kansas Avenue or surrounding areas this afternoon, to please contact detectives at Musgrave Station on 101 quoting reference number 791 of 19 November 2020.

“A report can be made using the online reporting form via Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

“With the longer hours of darkness, we are again reminding everyone to consider their home security: close and lock windows and doors not only at night or when your home is unoccupied, but also when you are at home as it only takes seconds for an opportunistic criminal to strike.

“Also, never leave any keys close to windows or doors, or in door locks and always  keep sheds, outbuildings and vehicles locked.

“Most importantly, if you notice anything suspicious, or anyone acting suspiciously in your neighbourhood, trust your instincts and contact police straightaway on the non-emergency number 101, or 999 in an emergency.”

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