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Arrest after Ballymena armed robberies

A man has been arrested after two armed robberies in Ballymena.

Police said a man armed with a suspected firearm entered a shop on Grove Road and threatened staff at around 10pm. The member of staff ran into a storeroom of the shop and locked herself in. The man, after failing to get into the till, made off with a number of scratch cards.

He is described as being approximately 6’ – 6’2” tall and of slim build. He spoke with a local accent and was wearing dark grey tracksuit bottoms with a white logo on the top of left leg, black jacket, black gloves and red/grey trainers. He also had a scarf up around his face

Later at around 11pm it was reported that a man again carrying a firearm entered a shop on Broughshane Street and threatened a member of staff before making off with a number of scratch cards.

He was described as wearing dark tracksuit bottoms with a white logo on the top of left leg; grey Adidas trainers and a hooded top.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in the Ballymena area during the early hours of Thursday morning on suspicion of robbery and remains in police custody at this time.

Police appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives in Ballymena on 101 quoting reference 1288 or 1369 of 06/09/17. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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