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Police link car at centre of Dunmurry security alert to robbery which saw two female staff members assaulted

By Claire Williamson

Police have said they believe the car at the centre of a security alert in Dunmurry may be connected to a robbery which saw two female members of staff assaulted.

The alert began on Friday night where controlled explosions were carried out overnight on a suspect vehicle in the Azalea Gardens area.

It continued into Saturday and diversions had been put in place.

On Saturday afternoon police said the alert had ended and that a number of items had been recovered and taken away for further examination.

Police believe the car - a black Ford Mondeo - may be connected to a robbery at office premises in The Cutts area on Monday April 3.

Three men dressed as postmen and one armed with a suspected firearm entered the offices, assaulted two female members of staff and made off with a sum of money.

Detective inspector Stephen Harvey said: “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the local community, who have been inconvenienced during the operation, for their patience.

“I would appeal to anyone who has information about the robbery at The Cutts or who saw any suspicious activity in the Azalea Gardens area to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1178 of 7/4/17.

“Alternatively, 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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