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Gun held to woman’s head

A woman has had a gun held to her head during an armed robbery in north Belfast at the weekend.

It happened shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday, May 1.

Two men, one wielding a handgun, entered a newsagent shop on the Cliftonville Road and threatened the female staff member.

One of the men held the handgun to the woman’s head.

The other man went behind the counter and stole cigarettes and cash.

Both the robbers then fled from the shop.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the woman was not injured during the incident but had been left extremely shaken.

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The two men have been described as being aged in their late teens or early 20s, and wearing hooded tops and tracksuit bottoms.

Police have appealed for anyone who was on the Cliftonville Road around this time and may have seen two men fitting these descriptions to contact them.

Meanwhile, a pipe bimb has been made safe in north Belfast.

Army Technical Officers were tasked to examine a suspect device found in a hedge at Etna Drive shortly after 12.30pm on April 30.

The object, decsribed as a pipe bomb type device was made safe by ATO following a controlled explosion. The device, described as viable, is believed to have been in situ for a considerable time.

Chief Inspector Andrew Freeburn, Area Commander said: “I would like to thank local residents for their patience and support during this operation and would ask anyone with information to contact police.”

Roads around Etna Drive and Alliance Avenue have since reopened.

Information about any of these crimes can be passed to police on 0845 600 8000 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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