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Rope bridge conman is cautioned

By Nevin Farrell

Published 09/03/2016

Charges: Alan Barry
Charges: Alan Barry

A bus firm employee accused of conning tourists over the cost of admission to the world famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge has accepted a police caution.

Alan Barry (57), of Kiln Park, Ballyclare, had been overcharging passengers of McComb's Coach Travel on their way to the north Antrim landmark. The charge was left on the books after Barry accepted a caution at Antrim Crown Court.

He was also accused of using a company fuel card to buy cigarettes from Ballyness Service Station, Bushmills.

Another McComb's employee - Mark Coulter (46), of Burton Avenue, Dundonald - pleaded guilty to fraud after he paid for petrol and drinks and charged them to the company card.

At the same hearing, Ballyness Service Station owner Johnathan Morgan (56), of Priestland Road, Bushmills, pleaded not guilty to two charges of making false representations to Maxol Ltd which he knew were untrue or misleading. His defence barrister Michael Smyth said the amount of the loss was being disputed.

He asked for the matter to be adjourned till next month to allow discussions to take place. Coulter and Morgan's cases were adjourned to April and they were released on continuing bail.

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