A man has been arrested after two robberies in the space of 20 minutes in Tyrone.
Police said a man entered a shop just before 11am on Boxing Day on Main Street in Fivemiletown armed with a knife and took money and other items.
Just 20 minutes earlier a man had threatened staff at a shop on the Augher Road in Clogher and made off in a white van with a quantity of cigarettes.
The van used in both incidents is believed to have been stolen from a house in west Belfast, police said.
A 24 year-old man was arrested.
DUP Clogher Valley Councillor Wills Robinson praised police for their efforts after the robberies.
“Firstly, I sympathise with the workers and business owners affected. This is disgraceful. People are trying to provide a service for the community on Boxing Day and for anyone to be held at knifepoint and threatened is utterly outrageous,” said councillor Robinson.
“I trust the police will append the criminal or criminals involved. Indeed, if they are apprehended I hope the courts hand down a sentence which will send out a signal that this behaviour will not be tolerated.
“Rural crime is an issue which I have been constantly raising with police. People in rural areas feel they are being left exposed and I’m glad in this instance the police have been swift in their response.”