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Popular Northern Ireland ice cream shop The Rinkha closed after burglary

Popular ice cream parlour The Rinkha has had to temporarily close its doors after a burglary.

Writing on its Facebook page, the Islandmagee outlet apologised for the inconvenience after it was forced to close for part of Wednesday.

We are open again as normal following the burglary on our premises during the early hours this morning. We would like...

Posted by Rinkha Hawkins on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Ulster Unionist MLA John Stewart said he was "disgusted" to hear of the incident and he was "thinking about the owners and staff at the Rinkha and hopefully they will be back open asap".

The Rinkha is a family-owned business that has been open since 1921 and also serves as a general store to the local community of Islandmagee.

In a statement, the PSNI said that detectives in Larne are appealing for witnesses following an incident in the early hours of Wednesday.

Sometime around 1am a forced entry was made to the premises and a quantity of cash and cigarettes was stolen.

Detective Sergeant Crothers said: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or anyone who has information which may assist police enquiries, to contact Detectives at Larne on 101, quoting reference 62 09/08/17. Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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