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Post office robbed twice in week

by Niamh Agnew

An east Belfast post office was targeted twice by armed robbers last week.

Vicious thieves raided the Co-op on the Cregagh Road, which houses a post office, twice within the space of four day.

The first incident occurred last Tuesday, January 4.

The most recent incident, which occurred last Friday, happened shortly before 9pm when a man armed with a knife entered the shop posing as a customer.

The robber then ordered a terrified female employee to open the till while holding a knife to her throat.

The man is described as being between 30 and 40 years old, well built, approximately 5ft 10 tall and was said to be wearing a hat, beige coloured jacket and a scarf round his face.

Alliance Party councillor Maire Hendron condemned the incidents. “I have spoken with the manager of the store on Saturday afternoon and believe it was a well-planned job,” she said.

“It is of inconvenience to local residents who now have to travel to alternative parts of east Belfast for postal services.

“The robberies must be roundly condemned and I hope the PSNI can track down the thieves and that they can be severely dealt with.

“The fact that knives were carried demonstrated a chilling level of malice,’’ said Mrs Hendron.

“As a result, the robber made off with a small sum of cash.”

Police believe there would have been a large number of people in the area at the time as a match had just ended at nearby Malone Rugby Club.

They have appealed for anyone who can help police identify the robber or has any information relating to the crime is asked to contact them on 0845 800 6000.

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