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Police appeal after armed man robs west Belfast shop of cash

Detectives in west Belfast are appealing for information after a newsagents was robbed by a man believed to be armed.

The incident happened in the Durham Street area on Wednesday when, at around 6.45pm, a man entered the shop.

He threatened a member of staff and demanded money and it is believed he may have been armed with a sharp instrument.

A PSNI spokeswoman said he made off on foot in the direction of Grosvenor Road with a sum of cash. The robber is described as being 5ft 6ins in his early 20s and of slim build. He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top and had his face covered with a dark coloured scarf. The member of staff was not injured during the incident but was left shaken.

"Detectives would ask anyone who may have witnessed this incident or noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the incident or who has any information to contact them at Tennant Street CID on 0845 600 8000," police said.

"Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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