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Attempted robbery in Belfast city centre foiled by the public

By John Porter

Two would-be robbers were apprehended by members of the public during an apparent attempted robbery in Belfast city centre.

The incident happened just before 1pm Wednesday outside the McDonald's restaurant at Donegall Place.

Two men, witnesses said, knocked a pensioner off his walking stick and attempted to rob and assault him before several members of the public intervened.

The men were detained at the scene, before the police arrived minutes later.

Witnesses said the incident appeared to be a totally unprovoked attack in broad daylight.

A PSNI spokesman said two men were reported as knocking a pensioner off his walking stick and several people intervened to stop an assault.

The men, aged 53 and 38, were both arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour.

One of them was also arrested on resisting police.

Police said both men are helping them with their inquiries.

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