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McKeown was released on bail but barred from entering the city.

McKeown was released on bail but barred from entering the city.

McKeown was released on bail but barred from entering the city.

A man who allegedly broke into a Belfast hairdressers to steal a safe is to be barred from the city centre, a judge ordered today.

Michael McKeown (34), of Kearney Gardens in Bangor, is accused of raiding the salon on Brunswick Street at the weekend.

He appeared at Belfast Magistrates' Court charged with burglary.

According to the case against him he stole a safe, keys and paperwork from the hairdressers on Saturday, May 9.

McKeown faces a second count of criminal damage to a neighbouring restaurant.

The alleged offences were committed beyond a curfew imposed in unrelated proceedings.

However, police consented to his release on bail under conditions including an alcohol ban and prohibition on contacting any prosecution witnesses.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall also directed: "He is not to enter Belfast city centre."

McKeown is due back in court again next month.

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