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Tyrone officers join cross-border gang crackdown

POLICE officers from across Tyrone have been involved in a series of cross-border operations aimed at fighting organised crime.

The PSNI say their officers from the Mid Ulster and Fermanagh and Omagh districts have been working in partnership with An Gardaí Siochana to crack down on criminals with particular focus on burglary.

As a result of this co-operation, 14 arrests have been made, said a PSNI spokesperson. There were also over 200 check points carried out, and 15 vehicles seized.

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Over recent years, the winter months have seen a sharp rise in the number of break-ins at houses and properties across Tyrone.

In January this year, an 83-year-old Aughnacloy woman was seriously injured after she fell from a first floor window in an attempt to flee from four burglars who were ransacking her home.

It was widely believed that the gang responsible for breaking into the home of Pat Davidson had travelled across the border from the Republic.

And less than two months ago, a pensioner in Pomeroy was tied up in his own home and burgled by six masked men armed with a weapon.

PSNI Inspector Russell Vogan said they were still dealing with burglaries in the North “on a daily basis”.

He said, “We have been running a number of targeted operations over the past number of weeks and will continue to do so in the run up to Christmas.

“Our overall aim is to keep people safe and bring more offenders before the courts.

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“On a daily basis, police officers respond to calls for help from people who have been burgled, so we are very much aware of the effect these incidents can cause.

“We are committed to bringing those responsible before the courts.”

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