Northern Ireland

ATM thefts: Man in court over attempted cash machine theft

Police at the scene of an attempted ATM theft in Ballynahinch Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption The attempted theft happened at Carlisles' on the Belfast Road in Ballynahinch

A man has appeared in court charged in connection with the attempted theft of a cash machine from a petrol station in Ballynahinch, County Down.

The incident happened on the Belfast Road on Monday morning and resulted in the forecourt roof collapsing.

Adrian Boyd, 26, of no fixed abode, appeared at Newtownards Magistrates' Court on a number of charges, including burglary and criminal damage.

A police officer said he could connect him to the charges.

He was remanded in custody to appear in court again in December.

Local people in Ballynahinch reported a commotion at about 05:30 GMT on Monday. When staff turned up to work, they discovered the front of the shop had been rammed.

Cash, cigarettes and scratch cards were stolen in the incident and a digger was used unsuccessfully to try and steal the cash machine, the court heard.

Image copyright Pacemaker
Image caption A digger is believed to have been used to ram the petrol station

A 25-year-old man arrested as part of the investigation remains in police custody.

All charges are due to be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service, in line with normal procedure.