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Ram raiders flee empty handed

Mulkerns Eurospar on the Forkhill Road in Newry was left badly damaged after a five man gang ram raided the premises last Tuesday morning.

The masked gang used a Manitou telehandler to crash into the wall of the building in the 2.30am attack which is believed to have been targeted at the store’s ATM machine.

According to investigating Detective Sergeant Bardon, the telehandler was accompanied by a light coloured/silver jeep with a trailer attached.  The trailer was later found abandoned under a bridge on the Low Road after the men fled empty handed in the 4 x 4 when they failed to gain access to the store.

It is understood the gang made off in the direction of Jonesboro and detectives have issued an appeal for the driver of a silver/blue coloured Peugeot hatchback who was involved in a near miss with the getaway vehicle to come forward.

The Peugeot had been travelling past the shop premises when the jeep made off, pulling out in front of the Peugeot, causing the driver to sound their horn.

Despite the extensive damage caused to the shop front, Mulkerns Spar and Post Office continued to operate as normal last week.

“This attempt failed and a number of masked men made off from the scene in the jeep empty handed, leaving the telehandler at the scene. The trailer was then abandoned under a bridge on the Low Road, a short distance away, and it is believed that the jeep may have then travelled in the direction of Jonesborough,” said DS Barton.

“It is also believed at this time that the telehandler may have been stolen from a building site at Dromintee Road in Meigh a short time before the ram raid.”

Detective Sergeant Bardon appealed for anyone with any information to contact detectives in Newry on 101, in particular the witness who almost collided with the getaway vehicle.