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Shop worker grabbed by throat and another threatened with hammer during Belfast robbery

Police have appealed for information (stock photo)
Police have appealed for information (stock photo)

A shop worker was grabbed by the throat and forced to the floor and another threatened with a hammer during a robbery at a store in east Belfast.

The incident happened at around 10pm on Tuesday when two men wearing masks and gloves entered the shop on the Gilnahirk Road.

One of the men, described as being in his mid-thirties, grabbed a shop worker by the throat and forced him to get down on the ground.

When a second member of staff attempted to raise the alarm, she was threatened with a hammer.

The suspects fled from the store with a sum of money and a quantity of cigarettes.

Detective Sergeant Dave Stewart said: "This must have been a frightening and distressing ordeal for the staff members who, while not physically injured, have been left badly shaken. 

"The first suspect is described as 6' tall and of medium build. He is reported to have worn a mask over his mouth and eyes, a dark-coloured hoodie with the hood up and dark 'Adidas' bottoms with three stripes down the side.

"The second suspect is described as being smaller and of a slimmer build. He was reported as being aged in his mid-forties and wore a dark hooded top with the hood-up.

"He wore a mask that had horizontal stripes and dark 'Adidas' track bottoms that had stripes on the outside of the legs from below the knee.

"I want to appeal to anyone who has information about this incident, or who saw two males matching the description of the suspects in the area around 10pm to call us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1508 of 14/05/19."

Information can be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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