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Detectives appeal for information following attempted robbery at Diamond’s

Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses following the report of an attempted robbery in Ballymena on Sunday morning, 19th February.

The dispicable incident took place at Diamond's Newsagents on Broughshane Street in the town.

Eugene Diamond, who has served the local community with his newsagents shop for over 40 years, closed for a short while earlier this morning but has since reopened.

Undettered by what took place, Eugene said:

"Although an unpleasant incident to go through, I would like to reassure my customers that I am okay - I have been inundated with people contacting me since it happened. I am very grateful and wish to thank everyone for their concern and thoughtfulness."

Commenting on the incident Detective Sergeant Lyttle said:

“Shortly before 10.20am, police received a report that a man had entered a commercial premises in the Broughshane Street area.

“He demanded money from a till a number of times – but fled from the premises when an alarm was activated. He left empty-handed and thankfully no one was harmed.

“The suspect was wearing all dark clothing and he had his hood up. His face was partially covered and he was also carrying a black shoulder bag. He was also wearing white trainers with coloured laces.

“Our investigation is now underway and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and has any information, or who saw the suspect matching this description, to call police on 101, quoting reference number 600 of 19/02/23.”

Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via     You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at


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