Police at scene of attempted armed robbery in south Belfast

Police at scene of attempted armed robbery in south Belfast

A 24-year-old man arrested on Thursday over a suspected armed robbery bid in south Belfast has been bailed by detectives.

The suspect was being questioned at Musgrave Street PSNI station on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a robbery, atempted armed robbery and a number of motoring offences.

He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

He was detained after a specialist firearms team was tasked to the scene of an aborted armed robbery in south Belfast.

Uniformed police were alerted around 11 am to the incident on the Ormeau Road after reports that a number of masked and possibly armed men were spotted in the area.

It followed an attempted robbery in the area.

In a follow-up operation, a Tactical Support Group unit used a heavy battering ram to force entry to an unoccupied house in Delhi Street.

A sniffer dog with its trained handler were also used in an effort to locate the suspects who had escaped on foot into a house after alighting from a getaway car.

An armed response vehicle (ARV) was also tasked to the scene because of fears the suspects may have firearms.

Crime Scene Investigators are also examining two cars at the entrance to an alleyway one of which may have been rammed by the other car.

Robbery Squad detectives are keen for any information about the movements of a blue Renault Laguna car, vehicle registration number YBZ 5390.

Officers believe the car was used by the men and was found in Baroda Street at around midday.

The men are believed to have made off towards Elgin Street and Delhi Street.

Police are also keen to trace the movements of a second car, a grey BMW 320 touring, regristration UEZ 8597, which was also abandoned in Baroda Street after colliding with a police vehicle.

Anyone with information about the cars, the attempted robbery and those behind it to contact detectives on 0845 600 8000 or ring Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.


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