DETECTIVES from the PSNI’S Criminal Investigation Branch investigating the hijacking and burning of a Translink bus in the Abbot Drive area of Newtownards in the early hours of Monday 1st November, have made four arrests.

They also carried out searches of four properties in the Newtownards and Bangor areas this morning Friday, November 12, 2021.

The males who are 36, 41, 48 and 55 years of age have been arrested and taken to a police station for questioning.

Detective Chief Superintendent Ian Saunders said: “We assess that this incident was carried out by members of a local faction of the UVF.

“Our investigation into this disturbing incident continues alongside an investigation into the more recent hijacking and destruction of a bus in Newtownabbey on Sunday 7th November 2021. 

“Both of these violent and destructive attacks have had an impact on those people who were directly involved in the incidents and also the wider community.

“I appeal to anyone with information about either incident, particularly anyone with mobile phone or dashcam footage which they think may help our investigation, to contact detectives on 101.

“Our visible neighbourhood policing presence will continue in key areas.

“Any information that may help us investigate these crimes can be submitted online using the non-emergency reporting form via

“Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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