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Attempted ram raid at Belfast city centre shop

Published 04/10/2015

The shop on Wellington Place which was rammed with a Volkswagen saloon on Sunday. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.
The shop on Wellington Place which was rammed with a Volkswagen saloon on Sunday. Pic: Kevin Scott/Presseye.

Thieves failed in a bid to ram raid shop in Belfast city centre on Sunday.

At around 3.30am the robbers drove a stolen white Volkswagen Passat into the shutter of Brazil clothes shop on Wellington Place, near the City Hall.

The shutter remained intact but the window of the premises was smashed. An electric junction box on the street was also damaged. Nothing was taken in the incident.

The car, which had been stolen earlier from the Bangor area, was later found on fire in the Roumania Rise area of west Belfast.

In a statement posted on their Facebook page the owners thanked the police for their quick response to the attempted raid, which they said was the second in two weeks.

"We are lost for words. In the early hours of this morning our Wellington Place stores were targeted again by ram raiders. The second time in two weeks," they wrote.

"You will be glad to hear our newly extended and refurbished mens store (Rio) was not damaged and we will be open for business as usual, with some minor delays in our Brazil store. We would love to see you if you are in town today."

They added: "Again thank you to Concept Fit-out & the PSNI for their quick response and we look forward to seeing you in store soon."

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives at Lisburn Road police station on 101.

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