Belfast Telegraph

Gilnahirk Road petrol station worker hurt in armed robbery

BY JACK BRENNAN

A service station worker is recovering after he was struck on the knee during an armed robbery.

Police are investigating after an incident at a petrol station in the Gilnahirk Road area of east Belfast on Friday evening.

Shortly after 11pm, a man entered the premises armed with a hammer. It is believed that a member of staff was struck on the knee during the incident.

The robber demanded that money be placed in a bag before making off with a sum of money along the Gilnahirk Road area.

The male member of staff is not believed to have been seriously injured.

DUP MLA Robin Newton condemned the attack and said: "Once again thugs have carried out an armed robbery and have shown their willingness to use violent behaviour to achieve their deplorable ends.

"Workers in local shops and filling stations are defenceless when the gangsters strike."

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or has information to contact detectives at Castlereagh Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101.

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