‘Stolen’ trailer recovered in a different county

A trailer thought to have been stolen in Bangor, Co. Down has been recovered by police in south Antrim – just a few days after it disappeared.

It comes just days after a quad suspected to have been stolen in Antrim was also found inside a van in Belfast.

Officers from the Antrim and Newtownabbey District Support Team assisted in the detection and recovery of both items.

Sergeant David Coulter said: “On November 24, a suspected stolen quad was recovered from outside an address in the Belfast area

It is understood, the quad may have been stolen from the Antrim area a few days beforehand. The quad was located inside a van.

“Both the quad and the van were seized by Police and enquiries are ongoing.

Trailer thefts

“On November 29, we also recovered a suspected stolen trailer in the Antrim area. This trailer is thought to have been stolen, along with other plant equipment, from the Bangor area a few days beforehand. Enquiries are currently ongoing.

“Officers also seized a suspected stolen cattle trailer in the Antrim area on November 9. Our enquiries are ongoing; however, if you have any information which could assist with our enquiries, please call the 101 number.”

In 2016 rural crime cost the region £2.5 million (€2.8 million). In November, hundreds of sheep were also suspected to have been stolen from a farm in south Co. Down.