19/05/2003

Belfast Pizza Hut robbed by gunmen

A Belfast city centre Pizza Hut restaurant was robbed by armed men yesterday.

Two armed men entered the Dublin Road eating place at around 10.45pm last night and held one member of staff at gunpoint. Another member of staff and an elderly cleaning lady were also threatened as the two men forced their way to an office at the rear of the premises and stole a sum of money. No one was injured in the incident.

Elsewhere, two men are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court today charged with extortion and collecting funds for terrorism. The charges relate to investigations by the PSNI's Serious Crime Squad in south Belfast.

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