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Carrickfergus armed robber takes bags filled with cash and tobacco from shop

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robber took bags filled with cash and tobacco from a shop.

The incident happened at around 6.30pm on Thursday when the man entered the Oakland Park retail premises in Carrickfergus.

Staff said the man was carrying a suspected handgun and demanded two carrier bags to be filled with money and tobacco.

The suspect is described as being aged in his 30s or 40s, around 5'10'' to 5'11'' in height, of a slim build, and wearing a blue jacket and blue latex gloves.

He had a hooded top with drawstrings pulled down over the top of his face during the incident, meaning only his eyes were visible, and spoke with a local accent.

Detective Sergeant Peter Crothers said: “He then made off on foot with a sum of cash and a quantity of tobacco in two green-coloured bags. He was seen running from the scene towards Cormorant Park.

“No-one was injured during the robbery but staff members were left shaken.

“Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information that could assist with the investigation, should contact detectives in Larne on 101, quoting reference number 1091 of 28/12/17.

"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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