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Breaking news - Bomb alert after attempted ATM theft in Hamiltonsbawn

William Irwin MLA at the scene of the attempted ATM theft in Hamiltonsbawn.

William Irwin MLA at the scene of the attempted ATM theft in Hamiltonsbawn.

An attempt to steal an ATM machine in Hamiltonsbawn has been described as a ‘ridiculous attack’.

Newry and Armagh MLA William Irwin condemned the incident and said it mirrored a similar attack in recent times when a gang used gas to explode the ATM out of the wall.

The gang were unable to remove the facility located at Costcutter in Hamiltonsbawn on the Annareagh Road, however, significant damage was caused to the machine.

Mr Irwin said, “This is a ridiculous attack and when you see the amount of metal which has been strewn across the forecourt and the close proximity of homes it is certainly a relief that no one was injured.”

Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following the attempted theft of an ATM machine at a filling station on Annareagh Road, Hamiltonsbawn.

Around 2.30am on Thursday, June 5, police received a report of a loud bang in the area and suspicious activity close to the ATM.

Officers attended and discovered a suspect device close to the ATM. ATO were tasked and attended.

The device was made safe and removed for further examination.

It is believed the culprits left the area in a vehicle, driving in the direction of Markethill.

A black Audi car was found abandoned on the Gosford Road a short time later.

Police are appealing to anyone who has information in relation to this incident to contact them.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed a Volkswagen Passat or black Audi car, travelling between Hamiltonsbawn and Newry, prior to and after this incident.

Detectives in Ardmore can be contacted on the 101 non-emergency number. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Newry & Armagh DUP MLA William Irwin has condemned an attempt to forcibly remove the ATM in Hamiltonsbawn. The attack which occurred last night mirrored a similar attack in recent times when a gang used gas to explode the ATM out of the wall. The gang were unable to remove the facility located at Costcutter in Hamiltonsbawn on the Annareagh Road however significant damage was caused to the machine.

 

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