POLICE patrols have been stepped up in Magherafelt following the recent knife robberies in the town, the MAIL can reveal.
PSNI Detective Sergeant James Montgomery said although they considered the robberies as being isolated and rare in a rural area they were nevertheless taking them seriously.
Mr Montgomery said that police have spoken to local businesses and issued advice regarding leaving young shop workers alone at night.
Two robberies in the past week have left shop workers’ terrified. Both occurred in the Church Street/King Street area of Magherafelt and involved an armed and masked thief confronting a shop assistant and demanding money.
Detectives have also renewed their appeal for information in connection with a burglary at the home of an elderly man at Castledawson Road in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
The man was attacked by two intruders who got into his bedroom. It is not thought anything was taken.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact police on 08456008000 or the Crimestoppers number 0800555111.