ARMED MEN ROB WEST BELFAST SHOP OF CASH AND CIGARETTES

DETECTIVES are appealing for information following an armed robbery at commercial premises at the Cavendish street area of west Belfast last night (Wednesday 4th December).

Detective Sergeant Sam McCallum said: “At around 7:50pm, it was reported that a male entered the shop armed with a suspected firearm and demanded money and cigarettes from a staff member. Another male remained outside the premises armed with what is believed to be a hammer.

“The men then made off with a sum of money in the direction of the Springfield road.

“Thankfully, no injuries were reported, however, there’s no doubt this was a terrifying ordeal for the staff member who was in their place of work simply doing their job.

“One male is described as being in his early to mid 20’s, between 5’8” and 5’10”, of slim build, wearing a black coat, black tracksuit bottoms and a black baseball cap. The other male is described as being tall, of slim build wearing a black tracksuit with his face covered.

“Enquiries are continuing and we would appeal to anyone with who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives on 101, quoting reference number 1716 04/12/19. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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