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Man arrested after string of Belfast robberies

The latest robbery happened on Westminster Avenue North in Belfast on Friday. Credit: Google Maps
The latest robbery happened on Westminster Avenue North in Belfast on Friday. Credit: Google Maps

A 27-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a string of armed robberies and attempted armed robberies in Belfast.

The latest incident took place at 1.25pm on Friday when a man entered a pharmacy on Westminster Avenue North armed with a suspected firearm.

He threatened staff and made off with cash and prescription drugs.

A short time later a man was arrested by police and cash, prescription drugs and a BB gun were found in his possession. He was arrested on suspicion of robbery and possessing a firearm in suspicious circumstances.

The 27-year-old is also being questioned in connection with the attempted armed robbery of a filling station on the Beersbridge Road in the early hours of Friday morning, an attempted armed robbery of a fast food outlet on the Albertbridge Road on April 19 and an armed robbery of a shop on Orangefield Lane on April 23.

Detective Inspector Kerry Brennan said:  “Thankfully the quick reactions of police, with vital information from eye witnesses, has resulted in this individual being arrested. 

"These incidents were terrifying for the members of staff involved and I wish to reassure the local community that Police are doing all they can to identify those responsible for these types of incidents and bring them before the courts."

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