28/03/2002

Robber’s gun jams during Castlewellan hold-up

During an armed robbery in a County Down shop, a 19-year-old woman has had a gun held to her head and the trigger pulled several times without the gun firing.

The incident occurred when a masked man brandishing a gun burst into McAnulty’s store in Castlewellan’s main street on Wednesday March 27 around 11.20pm.

He demanded that staff hand over cash. Then the robber pointed the gun at a young woman’s head and pulled the trigger several times but according to reports the weapon jammed.

Witnesses have described the man as being in his early 20s.

Detectives are appealing for information and have urged anyone with information to contact them at Downpatrick police station.

(AMcE)

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