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Man armed with hatchet threatens staff in bingo hall raid

The incident happened around 9pm on Tuesday night

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A man armed with a hatchet raided a Co Armagh bingo hall on Tuesday night.

The assailant made off with a sum of cash before police deployed a helicopter and search team on the ground in a bid to capture the man.

However, detectives investigating the armed robbery at Planet Bingo in Portadown are looking the public’s assistance.

The premises on Mandeville Close were entered by a masked man armed with a hatchet at around 9pm last night, Tuesday 12 December.

Detective Constable Kelly Foley said: “The intruder threatened a staff member with the hatchet before making off with a sum of cash. The employee was thankfully uninjured.

“The offender is described as around 6’ 3” tall of medium build and wearing a hooded top with lighter coloured lining to the hood and dark jeans.

“I am appealing for anyone with information about crime to contact detectives at Lurgan CID on 101, quoting reference number 1294 12/12/17.”

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