01/10/2004

Shop assistants threatened at gunpoint

Police are appealing for information after two shop assistants were threatened by armed men in south Belfast last night.

The men entered the shop on the Upper Malone Road at around 8.30pm and threatened staff with a handgun and knife. One of those threatened was a 16-year-old female. The men eventually fled with a sum of money and got into a red coloured car driven by a third person.

Elsewhere, a shop assistant was punched in the face in a separate robbery in Newtownabbey.

The incident occurred in the Abbey Centre car park at around 9pm when two shop assistants were taking cash in a lodgement case to a night safe.

The assailants eventually made off with the case which contained a large amount of money.

(MB/GMCG)

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