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Knife wielding thief in a Scream mask holds up Belfast off license

By Rebecca Black

A bookmakers and an off license were held by up armed men in separate incidents in west Belfast on Saturday.

PSNI detectives are appealing for witnesses to come forward following two armed robberies in west Belfast on Saturday evening.

It was reported that at approximately 8.45pm an unknown man, armed with a knife, entered a bookmakers on the Grosvenor Road and threatened a member of staff. He then produced a suspected firearm and threatened a second member of staff before making off empty handed.

He is described as being approximately 5ft 10ins tall and of medium build. He was wearing a black coat and had tights covering his face.

Then shortly after 10pm it was reported that an unknown man, carrying a suspected firearm, entered an off-licence on the Springfield Road and threatened staff before making off with a sum of cash and a quantity of cigarettes.

The man is described as being dressed in black clothing and wearing a scream mask. It is believed that he may have been carrying a knife as well.

Detectives are investigating a possible link between these incidents and Detective Inspector Mark McHaffie is appealing for anyone who witnessed either incident or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 101.

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

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