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Man attacked during Ballymena robbery

The PSNI have appealed for information following the robbery in Ballymena

A MAN has been struck on the head during an armed robbery at a house in Ballymena.

Police said that shortly before 11.45pm last night, three masked men gained entry to the property at the Pillar Brae Road through a window.

All three males were armed, with one armed with a suspected firearm, one with a crowbar and the third man with a hatchet.

A male occupant inside the house received minor injuries and was left badly shaken.

Detective Sergeant Miller said: “A sum of money was taken as well as a gold chain pulled from the male occupant during the incident.

“The males made off on foot from the property and were described as wearing dark coats, jeans and balaclavas.

“Enquiries are continuing and we are appealing to anyone with any information to contact police on 101."

Residents said they had been left shocked by the man's ordeal.

One said: "This is very concerning what happened and it has put people on edge.

"There has been the occasional incident like a quad bike being stolen recently but nothing like this."

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