Defendant tailed by helicopter refused bail

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A Newtownabbey man who was arrested for burglary and going equipped for theft after being tailed by a police helicopter has been refused bail.

Appearing before Coleraine Magistrates’ Court on Thursday was 52-year-old Henry Thomas Purcell of Whitewell Road.

He was charged with four counts of burglary at addresses in Coleraine and Armoy on October 7th, 2014.

He was also charged with going equipped for theft (having false number plates), driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Purcell will appear before North Antrim Magistrates’ Court again via video link on November 3rd.