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Video: Men armed with machete and gun attack teen staff in petrol station raid

By Chris Kilpatrick

Masked robbers point a gun and slash at terrified teenage shop workers with a machete during a shocking armed raid.

One of the victims, said to be aged 19, was pushed and dragged through the filling station where she works by one of the attackers.

She and a young colleague were forced to empty the contents of tills - believed to be thousands of pounds - into a holdall while one of the robbers waved the huge blade just inches from them.

The robbery happened at the Maxol Filling Station on the Largy Road in Ahoghill last month.

Two men wearing white disposable overalls were captured on CCTV carrying out the raid.

The footage was yesterday released by the PSNI in an effort to help identify those responsible.

One of the women sustained a small cut to her hand. Both victims were left badly shaken by their ordeal. The raid took place on Wednesday, November 26.

Detective Chief Inspector Catherine Magee urged anybody with information to contact police.

"The footage demonstrates the violent intent of these two men," she said.

"They have their faces entirely covered, but their height and shape may be familiar to someone. Also, their gait, stance and movements may provide a further clue as to their identity. Also, I would ask that anyone who may know anything about the robbery but has been reluctant to contact police up to now, takes a look at this footage.

"It was an extremely frightening ordeal for the two young female shop assistants involved. These criminals were quite prepared to use violence and highly threatening behaviour to get their hands on till money.

"It is important that we keep people safe by bringing them before the courts.

"I would ask that anyone who may be able to assist our enquiries contact Ballymena detectives on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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