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'Chubby' teen threatened Belfast shop staff with knife

Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery at a newsagent in east Belfast.

The attack happened when a young man walked into Roseberry on Woodstock Road shortly before 2.30pm on Thursday, June 20.

He threatened a staff member with a knife and tried to steal money from the till, but failed and ran out.

A police spokesman said: “This attempted robbery happened in the middle of the afternoon at a busy intersection where Woodstock Road meets Redcar and Killowen Streets.

"We would urge anyone who saw anyone acting suspiciously in the hour leading up to the attack to contact us.”

The assailant is described as white, aged in his late teens, is of chubby build and is approximately six foot tall. At the time, he was wearing a pale grey tracksuit and a black backpack.

Detectives are now examining CCTV to ascertain whether the man was captured on camera. A search of the area was conducted for him afterwards, but to no avail.

Nobody was injured in the crime, but the female cashier who was threatened with violence was left shaken by the ordeal.

Anyone with information is urged to contact detectives at Musgrave police station on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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