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PSNI hunt for robbers after botched hold-ups

By John Mulgrew

Published 28/12/2012

Police are trying to track down two would-be thieves following two separate attempted armed robberies in Belfast.

The first happened at a shop in the Stewartstown Road area yesterday morning. At around 10.45am a masked man armed with a gun entered the shop and threatened staff before demanding money.

It’s understood he made off empty handed in a silver car towards the Ladybrook area.

No one in the shop was injured during the attempted theft.

Three miles away at around the same time another man armed with a gun tried to rob a filling station in the Stockmans Lane area of south Belfast.

At around 10.40am a gunman threatened staff and demanded money, but left empty-handed.

The suspect is said to be in his late 20s and around 5ft 8ins tall, wearing a red and black jacket, cream coloured top, dark grey leggings and white trainers.

The would-be robber was also wearing black gloves and covered his face with a scarf.

He made off in the direction of Kennedy Way. Police are asking anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

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