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Robbery suspect is refused bail

A man accused of two armed raids in east Belfast in just over half-an-hour must stay in custody, a judge has ruled.

Jason Hagans was refused bail amid claims that he had produced a claw hammer when confronted by police, forcing one of the officers to reach for his gun.

The 22-year-old faces charges of robbery, attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon, criminal damage and assault on police.

Hagans, of Holland Drive, Belfast, is alleged to have gone into a post office and drapery shop on Connsbrook Avenue armed with a hammer and demanded money. The suspect was detained by police in the Templemore Avenue area, the court heard.

Christine Smith, prosecuting, said when challenged he drew a claw hammer from his sleeve, causing a constable to fear he was about to be struck.

Richard McConkey, defending, said Hagans denied any involvement in the offences.

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