Filling station robbery suspect ‘barricaded himself into attic’

Coleraine filling station robbery
This was the scene at a filling station.

A man charged with stealing almost £1,000 in cash along with a quantity of tobacco in a knife robbery at a filling station in Coleraine, allegedly “barricaded” himself into an attic when police tracked him to a house in the town’s Ballysally estate.

Kyle Parke (27), of Heronshaw in Bushmills, is accused of robbing a filling station at Bushmills Road in Coleraine of £975 cash and a quantity of tobacco on January 30 this year.

He is also accused of possession of an offensive weapon – a knife – with intent to commit a robbery.

The defendant is further charged with an assault on police.

A police officer told Coleraine Magistrates Court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges.

The detective told the court CCTV footage showed a male entering the filling station with a ten-inch kitchen knife and emptying two tills before taking some tobacco.

After police traced Parke to a house in Ballysally, the officer said the accused had “barricaded” himself in the attic before coming down and being arrested.

The court heard Parke denies the allegations.

A bail application was rejected by District Judge Liam McNally.

The accused was remanded in custody and the case has been adjourned to March.

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