31/07/2006

Porter tied up during hotel robbery

Police in south Belfast have appealed for information after a robbery at a hotel in the city in the early hours of this morning.

The incident happened at a hotel on University Street at around 2.15am, when a hotel porter was taking rubbish outside of the premises.

He was grabbed by a man armed with a knife, who took him inside the hotel, where he was joined by another man, armed with a screwdriver.

The porter was tied up and the men proceeded to steal money from gaming machines, and a large bottle of whiskey.

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 the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF)

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