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South Belfast police notes

Police in south Belfast are appealing for information following a robbery that occurred in the early hours of Friday, January 1, in the Bankmore Street area.

At approximately 2am a man was walking towards the park area close to Bankmore Street when he was approached by three males who demanded marijuana from him.

The man told them he didn't have any. He was then subjected to an assault and was head-butted and struck on the left-hand side of his face. He sustained a one centimetre gash and bruising to the side of his head.

Another of the perpetrators, who had a dog, gestured to the animal to attack, but another male stepped in, telling him telling to stop.

Detectives would particularly like to hear from anyone who may have noticed the three men in the Bankmore Street area. The first is described as being approximately 20 years of age, 5ft 7ins in height, of thin build with a local Belfast accent.

The second male is described as being of a smaller and heavier build. He was wearing a short brown-coloured coat and is also around 20-years-old. The dog is described as being brown and grey in colour. It had a red coloured harness and is described as being like a dog used for fighting.

If you are aware of information that could help police please contact detectives at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000. Information about crime can also be passed anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

Police are also appealing for information following a burglary that occurred sometime between Tuesday, December 21, and Tuesday, December 28, in the Upper Malone Road area.

Entry was gained by removing a wooden panel from a rear door and a number of items were taken including a gold chain with a pendant in the shape of South Africa, a silver ring with the initial ‘M' on it and a silver Marquis ring.

Also taken were a pair of silver earrings containing white stones, two gold rings set with pearls, a gold chain containing a heart shaped locket, and a gold Claddagh ring set with a ruby and five brooches.

Belfast Telegraph