07/01/2019

Belfast Worker Terrified As Robber Threatens To Throw Acid In Her Face

A shop worker in north Belfast was left terrified after a would-be robber threatened to throw acid in her face if she didn't hand over cash.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the attempted armed robbery of a shop on Oldpark Road at around 7.15pm on Saturday 05 January.

The culprit, who spoke with a southern accent and is believed to be in his 30's, entered the shop and demanded the woman hand over money from the cash register while holding a plastic bottle filled with clear liquid and threatening to cover her in acid.

The woman attempted to fight him off by throwing items at him.
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He made off after being startled by the shop's alarm which was raised when a panic button was triggered.

North Belfast Sinn Fein Councillor JJ Magee has condemned the attempted robbery. He said: "I have been speaking to the shop staff and this was an extremely worrying incident and undoubtedly traumatic for the shop assistant who was threatened. 

"The man threatened her with a bottle that he claimed contained acid and she showed incredible bravery to throw items at him, forcing him to flee empty-handed.

"Obviously this attempted robbery is to be condemned and I would urge anyone with information about the assailant to bring it to the PSNI."



(JG/CM)

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