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Man held after woman locked in car and machete recovered

By Victoria Leonard

A man has been arrested in Co Down after a woman was found locked in a car and a two-foot-long machete also recovered, police have said.

Shortly before 6am yesterday, police were called to Bangor's Fort Terrace after reports of a man with a knife attempting to force his way into another man's home.

However, when officers arrived the suspect had fled from the property. They searched the area and located a car, linked to the suspect, with an "intoxicated" woman inside.

The woman could not unlock the car and so police forced entry to free her. The car was searched and a large machete-type knife was recovered.

"At this time the female is believed to have willingly travelled to the area in the vehicle as a passenger and is not suspected of involvement in any alleged crime at present," police said.

A 31 year-old male suspect was later located and arrested.

Inspector Richard Murray said yesterday that the man was taken into custody and was assisting police with their enquiries.

Ards and North Down DUP councillor Alan Graham described the incident as "very scary" and urged people "never to carry knives in any situation".

"I wouldn't say that knife crime is a growing problem in Bangor, but it's very much in the news with terrorists on the mainland using blades to kill people," he said.

Independent councillor Noelle Robinson said that the incident had occurred in a new development of social and affordable housing.

"It's very disconcerting and I'm glad that no one was injured," she said.

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