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Man attacked by street robbers in east Belfast

Detectives are appealing for information following a street robbery in east Belfast on Monday night.

Shortly after 7pm, a 57-year-old man was walking beside the Connswater River, near the rear of Holywood Arches, when he was approached by three men, one carrying a suspected firearm.

They threatened and assaulted the man before making off with a sum of cash. The man was not seriously injured but was left shaken by the incident.

East Belfast MP Naomi Long condemned the assault: "This is a most disturbing robbery, lent a further sinister edge by the brandishing of a suspected firearm. It is disgraceful that anyone should be subjected to such treatment and my thoughts are with the gentleman who was robbed at this time.

"Such an experience is very traumatic and I hope that he recovers speedily from the upset and shock. I would urge anyone with information regarding this attack to contact police immediately."

Police have asked witnesses to call detectives at Musgrave Police Station on 0845 600 8000.

Belfast Telegraph