Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Belvoir residents call for greater police presence

PSNI:Traffic Branch

A community group in the Belvoir area is calling for more police on the streets after two robberies on Sunday.

A grocery shop at Drumart Square was robbed — a man threatened a woman and ran off with a sum of money — and a 79-year-old lady in the Dunseverick Avenue area was robbed later on the same evening.

The elderly lady was trying to open her front door when two men approached her and snatched her handbag. She was unhurt but extremely shaken by her ordeal, the PSNI said. A spokeswoman added that both incidents were still under investigation.

Barry Wilson, from The Community Association of Belvoir and Milltown, said residents are frightened — and the group called for a greater PSNI presence in the area.

He said: “Myself and a colleague went and spoke with the owner of the (shop) which had been robbed for the second Sunday night in a row.

“He told us of his concerns for the safety of his staff and how the robberies had put his business in danger of closing.”

Mr Wilson said he spoke with the elderly woman and she was “very very frightened”.

A PSNI spokeswoman said they are continuing to work to make the area safer for everyone. “We continue to make the most efficient use of our resources, enabling us to provide the best possible policing service to the local community.

“While police resources are not infinite, the public can rest assured that they are being used to best effect,” she added.

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