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25-year-old charged following aggravated burglary in Armagh

A 25-year-old man has been charged following an aggravated burglary involved three armed masked men in Armagh yesterday.

He has been charged with robbery, false imprisonment, possession of firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He is further charged possession of offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence, aggravated vehicle taking causing damage to the vehicle, dangerous driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance and possession of a Class B controlled drug.

As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

He is due to appear at Armagh Magistrates’ today.

Three people – a 53 year old man, 22 year old female and 26 year old male – were in the house on Cathedral Road at the time were left very shaken by the incident.

Meanwhile, Lord Mayor of Armagh Cathy Rafferty has called for a more visible police presence after this most recent robbery in the city.

“There is now a genuine fear amongst vulnerable elderly residents in the west of the city after details of the most recent robbery were released,” said councillor Rafferty.

“There is a genuine fear amongst the community. This most recent vicious robbery has added to that fear and tension. This type of crime has become all too common in the locality and I appeal to all to be vigilant and alert to suspicious activity.

“I also encourage residents to watch out for their neighbours, particularly the elderly and more vulnerable.

“It is essential that there is a visible PSNI presence in the area also. This type of crime is all too common and those engaged in these serious criminal activities need to be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law.”

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