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Staff lock themselves in room during armed robbery by masked man at Belfast clinic

Published 18/05/2016

Police are appealing for witnesses.
Police are appealing for witnesses.

Two members of staff have been left shaken after they locked themselves in a room while a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a knife entered a physio clinic in Belfast.

Detectives are appealing for information following the armed robbery at the Apex Clinic in the Summerhill Avenue area of Belfast on Monday May 16.

At around 8.50pm police received a report that a male who was wearing a balaclava entered the premises brandishing a knife. 

On seeing the man the two members of staff left the reception area and locked themselves in a room. 

It is believed that a sum of money and a laptop were stolen during this robbery

The man is described as being approximately 5ft 7inches tall, with a strong Belfast accent, slim build and aged in his late 20s/early 30s.

He was wearing a black knitted balaclava, possibly with some colour going through it, a black hat, a long sleeved black top and black trousers.

No-one was injured during this incident, however the two members of staff were left very badly shaken.

Detective Inspector Nigel Snoddy would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area to contact Detectives at Reactive and Organised Crime at Musgrave PSNI Station. 

He said: "We are also keen to speak to the driver of a white Clio which was seen in the area, as they may have information which would assist us with our enquiries.  Detectives can be contacted on the non-emergency number.  

"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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