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Vehicle Thefts

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the number of motor vehicles which have been stolen and taken across the border to the Irish Republic; how many have been recovered; and what action is being taken in consultation with the Eire authorities to stop this traffic.

5,733 vehicles are known to have been stolen or unlawfully taken in Northern Ireland during the year 1974. It is not possible to state how many of these were taken into the Republic of Ireland, but 63 were recovered there.There is close liaison between the stolen car squads of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the Garda Siochana. These arrangements are kept under constant review.