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Elderly man knocked to the ground and robbed by teenagers at north Belfast cash machine

“This was a despicable act and a terrible ordeal for this elderly gentleman to endure on the run up to Christmas."

By Amanda Ferguson

An elderly man has been left badly shaken after he was knocked to the ground and robbed of the money he had just withdrawn from a cash machine in north Belfast.

Police said the robbery took place in the York Road area of the city on Thursday, December 18 at around 3.45pm.

The 72-year-old man had just withdrawn cash from an ATM when to male teenagers approached him and knocked him to the ground before taking the money and making off towards CitySide.

A PSNI spokesman said the man was not injured in the incident but was "deeply shocked".

Constable Billy Millen said: “This was a despicable act and a terrible ordeal for this elderly gentleman to endure on the run up to Christmas. 

"I would ask anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which may be of assistance to contact Police on the non-emergency number 101.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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