Three arrested after man with sword threatens shop staff in Co Down

In the North, police are investigating after a man with a sword threatened staff at two separate premises yesterday.

Shortly before 10.20pm last night, a man carrying a sword entered a food outlet on Commons Road in Ballykinler and threatened staff.

He was chased from the premises and made off empty handed.

Three arrested after man with sword threatens shop staff in Co Down

Police then received a report of a man acting suspiciously close to an off-licence in the Lower Square in Castlewellan shortly before 11pm.

A few minutes later, a man, again carrying a sword, entered a service station on the Newcastle Road in Castlewellan and threatened staff.

He made off with a number of scratch cards.

Police arrested a 23-year-old woman and two men, aged 18 and 20, a short time later on suspicion of robbery and attempted robbery.

All three suspects remain in custody and police are appealing for witnesses.

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