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Belfast primary school damaged in attempted ATM machine theft - four arrested

Police at the scene of an attempted ATM theft at a Topaz filling station on the Gilnahirk Road in Belfast. Photo By Justin Kernoghan
Police at the scene of an attempted ATM theft at a Topaz filling station on the Gilnahirk Road in Belfast. Photo By Justin Kernoghan

A Belfast primary school has been damaged in an attempted ATM robbery, a local Alliance councillor has said.

Police arrested four men after they tried to steal the ATM machine in east Belfast.

The attempted theft took place at a service station on the Gilnahirk Road on Friday morning.

The men, aged 30, 33, 37 and 41 are currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Alliance councillor Ross McMullan said that nearby Gilnahirk Primary School was damaged as the men behind the theft attempted to make their escape.

"I offer my support and help to the school and businesses, which are at the heart of the local community," he said.

“I am glad there has been a swift response by the PSNI and I hope it marks the end of this spate of ATM robberies. If anyone has any information on this incident or others, I urge them to contact police with it.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Evans appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Police would ask anyone who observed any suspicious activity in the area or have information that may assist with the investigation to contact police on 101," he said.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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