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Police arrest teenager following robbery at commercial premises

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BT Coleraine

Detectives investigating a report of a robbery at commercial premises in the Antrim Road area of Ballymena this evening (Friday 1st May), have arrested an 18 year old man.

Detective Sergeant Lenaghan said: “Shortly after 6pm, it was reported that a male entered a Filling Station armed with an iron bar. It is believed the male went behind the counter and took a sum of money from the till. Two staff members, a male and a female who were inside the shop at the time were both pushed in the back by the male armed with the iron bar. Although badly shaken by the incident, it is not believed either were seriously injured.

“A short time later, officers located the male and recovered the money taken during the incident. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and is currently assisting police with their enquiries.

“We would continue to appeal to anyone with any information in relation to the incident to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 1469 01/05/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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