Northern Ireland

12 houses robbed in three hours in Portadown burglary spree

Twelve houses have been burgled in the space of three hours in Portadown, County Armagh.

Jewellery, cash and electrical goods were taken during the incidents on Wednesday night.

The burglaries happened in the Montague Street, Ballyoran Park, Princess Way, Knockmenagh Park, Tandragee Road and Village Walk areas.

It is believed they took place between 19:00 BST and 22:00 BST.

PSNI Neighbourhood Inspector Philip Shepherd said he wanted to reassure the community that they were undertaking a "thorough and robust investigation".

"I would ask for the community's support and patience as we conduct our enquiries," he said.

He added that with a number of the burglaries, entry was gained by forcing open doors or windows and the homes were ransacked.

Police have asked anyone with information on the burglaries to contact detectives in Craigavon on 0845 600 8000.