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West Belfast hold-ups could be linked, say detectives

By Nevin Farrell

Published 22/02/2016

Police are investigating a possible link between two armed robberies in west Belfast
Police are investigating a possible link between two armed robberies in west Belfast

Police are investigating a possible link between two armed robberies in west Belfast.

Just before 9pm on Saturday a man armed with a knife went into a bookmakers on Grosvenor Road and threatened a member of staff.

He then produced a suspected firearm and threatened a second staff member before making off empty-handed.

A man, also armed with a suspected firearm, robbed an off-licence on the Springfield Road just after 10pm.

He made off with a sum of money and a quantity of cigarettes from the raid.

Police believe he may also have been carrying a knife.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Detectives are investigating a possible link between these incidents."

Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie is appealing for anyone who witnessed either incident or anyone with any information to contact detectives at Musgrave PSNI station on 101.

Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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