31/07/2006

Guard robbed at knifepoint in city centre raid

Police in south Belfast have appealed for information following the robbery of a cash and transit van yesterday afternoon.

At around 3.30pm, a security guard was approached by a man carrying a knife, as he collected money from a clothes store in the Castle Street area of the city.

The robber demanded that he hand over the cash box, then made off in a waiting silver coloured car, which was later found abandoned at Iris Close off the Springfield Road in west Belfast at around 6pm.

A PSNI spokesperson has said that a "substantial" amount of money was taken during the robbery.

The security guard was not injured during the incident but was left badly shaken by the ordeal.

The robber has been described as being in his 30's, around 5'8 in height and with a shaved, bald head.

He is said to be wearing glasses and a grey coloured hooded jacket.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information in relation to it, should contact detectives on 0845 600 8000, or anonymously on 0800 555 111.

(EF)

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