Northern Ireland

Three 'travelled to Northern Ireland for shoplifting spree'

Three men are alleged to have travelled from London for a "shoplifting spree" across Northern Ireland.

They targeted mobile phone retailers in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, and in Omagh and Dungannon in County Tyrone and stole more than £4,000 worth of goods, it was claimed.

Prosecutors said dummy iPhones may have been ordered from China to replace genuine models taken from stores.

Details emerged as bail was refused to one of the accused.

Paul Seed, 31, of Arbrook Court, Orpington, London, faces four charges of theft on 9 September.

He is further accused of going equipped for theft with a pair of nail clippers the following day.

Mr Seed was arrested with his two co-accused in Craigavon, County Armagh.

According to the prosecution, smartphones had already been stolen from O2 and Carphone Warehouse stores.

The High Court in Belfast was told the total value of the models taken amounted to £4,200.

Refusing bail, the judge said there were no available terms that could manage the risk of releasing Mr Seed.

He said: "The defendant, with two others, is accused of coming over to Northern Ireland in an obvious shoplifting spree designed to steal mobile phones from various shops in Northern Ireland.

"He is allegedly involved in a well-organised crime gang. In those circumstances I cannot be satisfied I can impose any conditions on him."