Burglaries at hospital and shopping centre

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Detectives at Strand Road Police Station are appealing for information about two recent burglaries in Derry.

In the first, a quantity of copper worth £200-300 was stolen from the former Stradreagh Hospital site in the Gransha grounds.

Detective Inspector David McQuade said it was significant that the copper may have been exposed to asbestos.

“The copper tank may have been cut in to small pieces. It is between two to three millimetres in thickness and is clean inside. This description is of significance and will set it apart from other copper.

“We are asking scrap dealers to be alert to copper of this kind being presented to them.”

Meanwhile, money was stolen from a shopping centre at Glengalliagh.

Detective Inspector McQuade said entry was forced to a unit at the side of the Northside Shopping Centre at about 11pm on Monday 1st September.

He added, “This facilitated entry to the main concourse and the culprit then smashed entry to a toy grab machine and stole the money attached to the soft toys inside.”

Information can be given on the police non-emergency number 101. Alternatively, it can be provided to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.