police PSNI

Detectives in Northern Ireland are investigating after an armed man attempted to carry out robberies at a petrol station and a shop on Prince Andrew Way in Carrickfergus early on the morning of Monday January 17.

In the first incident a man armed with a suspected firearm approached a delivery driver on the forecourt of the petrol station shortly after 4.30am and demanded money. No money was handed over and the man made off.

A short time later a female shop worker arrived to begin work and was threatened by the same male. Again no money was handed over and he then left the area.

He is described as being around 5ft 10in tall, of slim build and was wearing sunglasses, a woolly hat and a mask.

Anyone who witnessed a man matching this description in the area at the time of these incidents, or who has any information which could assist with the investigation, is asked to call detectives in Ballymena on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 158 17/01/22, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Alternatively they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 08000 555111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/.