Northern Ireland

Six arrests over cash van robbery

Six men have been arrested following the robbery of a cash-in-transit van in Lisburn on Thursday.

The driver of the van was approached on Belsize Road by a man carrying a knife who forced him to hand over a cash box. The robber got into a car and made off.

Officers from the Organised Crime Branch later searched a house in the Poleglass area. They recovered a cash box and arrested the men.

The police said they were working hard to combat these robberies.

"After police and Organised Crime Task Force partners had worked hard to produce a substantial fall in the number of cash-in-transit robberies over recent years, there has been an increase so far this year," said Detective Superintendent Esmond Adair.

"Organised Crime Branch is determined to tackle this trend robustly to protect the business community and the public.

"These arrests are an example of how police are delivering on that commitment. This is the second successful arrest operation in the past two months."