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Police probe possible link between armed hold-ups

Police are investigating a link between two armed robberies in east Belfast over the last two days.

Shortly after 2.30pm yesterday a delivery man was confronted by a masked man brandishing a handgun in the Clarawood area.

He was made to lie down in the back of his van while the gunman removed a number of bags containing cigarettes and passed them to an accomplice in a waiting car.

The men made off in a silver car towards the Knock Road carriageway.

Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot as the car sped off.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Shots were also fired after two female employees were threatened at gunpoint at a petrol station on the Beersbridge Road on Thursday night. At 11pm two men, one armed with a handgun went into the store and ordered the women to fill bags with cash.

The men made off empty-handed in the direction of Hyndford Drive where they fired a shot into the air. A police spokesperson confirmed that a link between the two incidents is being investigated by officers.

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed anonymously to the Crimestoppers charity by calling 0800 555 111.

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