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West Belfast hit by robberies, shooting and hijacking

A spate of crimes hit west Belfast over the weekend with two armed robberies, a shooting and a hijacking.

Police are not linking the incidents, saying different weapons were used in each attack.

A Falls Road bookmaker was targeted around 9pm on Saturday when two men, one with a gun, threatened staff and made off with a worker's purse.

One man was of medium build and wearing a grey hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and black gloves.

The second man was medium build, wearing a grey top with a blue hooded top and gloves.

They made off on foot towards St James's Road.

Elsewhere, an off-licence in the Whiterock Road area was targeted by a masked man with a hatchet at 6.25pm on Saturday who threatened staff before making off with cash.

He was slim and wearing a blue hooded top and blue jeans.

A second man, dressed in dark clothing, waited at the door. Both made off on foot in the direction of the Falls Road.

Meanwhile, a shooting was reported in the Sliabh Dubh View area before 8pm on Saturday. A shot was fired at a house and a window smashed but nobody was injured.

On Friday, a woman was left with minor injuries after her car was hijacked in the Kennedy Way area.

A man jumped into the passenger seat and threatened her with a knife. The 31-year-old had been driving her silver Rover 25 out of a car park.

She was forced to drive along Kennedy Way before she was forced out of the car and the man drove off. He was in his 20s, slim and around 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing dark clothing with a scarf across his face.

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