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Police in west Belfast arrested the two males at 3.36am following the burglary of a property in Donegall Street where a car was stolen and then driven dangerously in the west Belfast area

Police in west Belfast arrested the two males at 3.36am following the burglary of a property in Donegall Street where a car was stolen and then driven dangerously in the west Belfast area

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Police in west Belfast arrested the two males at 3.36am following the burglary of a property in Donegall Street where a car was stolen and then driven dangerously in the west Belfast area

A man has been put in a headlock during a street robbery after he was asked the time in north Belfast.

At around 8.03pm on Friday February 27 it was reported that a man was approached by a man in his 30s and asked for the time.

The victim looked at his phone and as he did the man put him in a headlock.

He managed to free himself but when he did the man in his 30s held a sharp object to his throat and took his wallet and phone before running off.

Inspector Roy Wotton said: "The man in his 30's is described as having a stubbly beard and was wearing a white jacket, hat, scarf and navy track bottoms.”

Police have also appealed for information on a second incident.

Inspector Wotton said: "At around 5.03am on Monday March 2 police received a report that a lone male was attacked by three men in the York Street Henry St area. The victim had his mobile phone stolen."

If anyone witnessed either robbery or has information relating to these incidents they should contact police on 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Belfast Telegraph