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Photographer held-up at gunpoint in Co Antrim village - possible link to shop robbery

A man has been robbed at gunpoint while he took photos in a Co Antrim town.

Police believe the incident may be linked to the armed robbery of a shop a short time later.

Just after 10.30am on Sunday, the victim was approached in a car park on the New Road in Glenarm by a masked man. After being threatened the man handed over the key to his red Ford Fiesta Finesse.

Around 20 minutes later police were called to a report of a robbery at commercial premises in the Coast Road area, Ballygally. A masked man entered the shop with what is believed to be a firearm and threatened staff before making off with cash.

No one was injured during either of these incidents, however the man whose car was stolen and staff within the shop were all left very badly shaken.

The stolen Fiesta was found abandoned at around 11.15am on the Dickeystown Road, Glenarm.

Later two men aged 41 and 30 were arrested by police.

Detective Sergeant Peter Crothers added: “I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed either of these incidents or anyone who may have observed the red Ford Fiesta Finesse driving on the Coast Road or Dickeystown Road, Glenarm to contact Detectives at Larne on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 498 23/07/17. 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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