Hatchet robbers raid two premises in one night
Detectives in Newry are appealing for information after two robberies were carried out in the area by a pair of men brandishing a hatchet.
Officers began an investigation after the masked men, one of them carrying a hatchet, entered commercial premises on the Forkhill Road in the city at about 8.40pm on Tuesday.
They demanded money, which they took before fleeing the scene in a car.
The pair are both described as being in their 20s and of slim build.
Later the same day, at around 10.15pm, police received reports that two masked men entered commercial premises on Main Street in Forkhill.
Again, one of them was armed with what is believed to be a hatchet.
They made off with a sum of money and a quantity of cigarettes before driving away in a car.
No one was injured during the robberies, but in both cases staff were left badly shaken.
It is understood the PSNI is investigating a link between the robberies.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact CID in Ardmore on 0845 600 8000.
Alternatively, information can be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.