Scratchcards taken in Ballymena robberies
Armed robbers struck twice in a Northern Ireland town on the same night.
In the first incident, around 9.50pm on Wednesday, it was reported that a male carrying a suspected firearm entered a shop on Grove Road in Ballymena and threatened staff. The staff member ran into a storeroom and locked herself in.
The man attempted to open the till before making off with scratchcards.
Shortly after 11pm it was reported that a male carrying a suspected firearm entered a shop on Broughshane Street and threatened staff before making off with scratchcards.
A 33-year-old man was arrested in the Ballymena area during the early hours of yesterday morning on suspicion of robbery.