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Would-be thieves attempt to steal ATM at Portadown railway station

Thieves attempted to steal an ATM at a railway station in the Portadown area last night.

Just after 3.50am police received a report of a window being smashed in the premises in Woodhouse Street.

They then discovered that there were straps around the cash machine and a vehicle had been used to try and drag it away.

Upper Bann DUP MLA Sydney Anderson condemned those responsible for the attempted theft.

He said: “I would urge anyone with information to contact the PSNI on the non-emergency 101 phone number. Those responsible for such activity need to be apprehended and rightly punished for their actions.”

Portadown councillor Jonny Buckley added that further inconvenience had been added to the railway line which had already been disturbed in recent days.

He said: "They have ultimately caused a further inconvenience to those that use the local train station which has already seen continued disturbances on the line in recent days.

"I know that the Police have several leads of inquiry, which hopefully will lead to those responsible being brought before the courts for their actions.”

Inspector Philip Shepherd said: "I would appeal to anyone who would have been in this area and noticed any suspicious activity to contact Lurgan Police Station on the non emergency number 101.

"Or 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."

Belfast Telegraph