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Hunt for armed gang after raid on east Belfast fast food outlet

Police are hunting two men who robbed a fast food restaurant in east Belfast after threatening staff with a hatchet and a suspected firearm.

The incident happened at the outlet on the Belmont Road area shortly after 8pm on Sunday.

The PSNI said two masked men, one carrying a suspected firearm and the other a hatchet, walked in and threatened staff.

"The males made off with a sum of cash and handbags belonging to two members of staff," the spokesman said.

"One of the males is described as being approximately 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky build. The second male is described as being approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of stocky build, wearing a powder blue jacket and blue jeans."

It is believed the pair made off along Dundela Avenue in a red Mazda car which was driven by a third man.

"The car, believed to have been involved, was discovered a short time later in the Stratheden Street area," the PSNI added.

"The members of staff were not injured but left shaken by their ordeal."

East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton described the armed robbery as "an appaling incident that will have caused fear and distress for the staff".

"Employees in local shops are very vulnerable. Men walking in, especially after dark, wearing masks and making threats can cause immediate alarm but also long-term stress problems.

"These thugs whoever they are need to be put behind bars for the safety of our society. The PSNI need the support of the entire community to bring these thugs before the courts."

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with information to contact CID at Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000.

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