Detectives are investigating an armed robbery at a supermarket in west Belfast at the weekend, in which a cashier was punched in the face.
Shortly before 7pm on Saturday two masked men armed with handguns entered the premises on the Andersonstown Road. A third man is believed to have stood at the entrance holding the automatic doors open.
The two armed men threatened a security guard and a female customer before holding their weapons to a cashier’s head. One of the men then punched the cashier in the face and forced him to open the till. All three robbers made off with a quantity of cash in a green Vauxhall Astra, registration TBZ 3198.
Police are investigating a possible link between this robbery and an attempted robbery less than 10 minutes earlier during which four masked men attempted and failed to gain access to an off sales on the nearby Glen Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 0845 600 8000 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.