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Armed gang threaten shop staff during jewellery heist in Co Antrim

By Nevin Farrell

A gun gang threatened frightened staff and forced the workers to the ground before stealing jewellery during a heist in Co Antrim yesterday.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Colin Neill said police received a report at around 5pm saying that three masked men - one carrying a suspected firearm - had struck at Anne Shiels Jewellers.

The shop is on Victoria Street in Ballymoney.

DUP councillor John Finlay said he understood the men had "Belfast accents".

He said: "This was obviously very frightening for staff as a gun was used, and I condemn this robbery and hope the police will catch those responsible as soon as possible."

DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said: "This was an attack on a shop probably assumed to be a 'soft target' in a rural town.

"This should be a time when stores are preparing for Christmas and looking forward to a busy period.

"This was undoubtedly very traumatic for the staff involved and our thoughts are with them."

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