Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Guard threatened at knifepoint in second security van raid

A security guard has been threatened at knifepoint during a cash-in-transit robbery - the second such attack this week.

The G4S Cash Solutions courier narrowly escaped injury after being targeted just before 11am yesterday outside the Ulster Bank on York Street in north Belfast.

A man approached the security van and threatened the occupant before fleeing city-bound in a waiting black Fiat Punto car.

Last night a spokeswoman for the PSNI said the security guard involved had been left badly shaken by his ordeal.

A spokeswoman for G4S said: "A courier did come under attack while performing a cash service for Ulster Bank on York Street at approximately 10.50am on Thursday. Initial reports indicate that there were two individuals involved in the incident - one who physically attacked our employee while the second remained in the getaway vehicle. I understand the attacker was armed with a knife."

The empty cash box was recovered at Elmgrove Street while the getaway car was recovered in the Harding Place area of the New Lodge. It is understood a security dye device was activated when the cash box was opened and the robbers could be covered in the substance for several days. It is the second cash-in-transit type robbery to have happened in Belfast this week. On Monday a security guard was struck on the head with a crowbar while delivering cash to a branch of Santander in the city centre.

In the past six months there have been at least 10 similar attacks in the greater Belfast area.

North Belfast DUP MLA Nelson McCausland condemned those responsible, stating: "This is a disgraceful robbery which is harming legitimate business activity in north Belfast and I condemn it without reservation.

"We are all aware of the difficult economic climate that banks and businesses are operating in and crimes such as this are damaging to economic prospects."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000.

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