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A man used a hatchet to steal cigarettes and cash

Police have asked anyone with information on the robbery to come forward.
Nov 2nd 2015, 10:14 PM 13,181 5

Updated 10.23 pm

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland have appealed for information to assist their investigation into an armed robbery in North Belfast.

Detectives say they understand a man armed with a hatchet threatened staff at a shop on the Serpentine Road shortly after 7.30pm yesterday.

No staff member was injured during the robbery, but the man made off on foot with cigarettes and a sum of cash.

He was wearing a blue coat at the time and is described as being of medium build with fair skin.

A man who was arrested later in the night in relation to the incident has since been released on bail, pending further enquiries.

Detective Inspector Nigel Snoddy said: “ We are appealing for information about this incident and a further incident which occurred on Saturday 31st October at a shop on the Antrim Road.

“On this occasion a man entered the store at around 7.20pm, armed with a hammer, and demanded cash which was handed over by staff.

“Thankfully no-one was injured as a result of either incident and I am appealing for anyone who can assist us with our enquiries to contact detectives.”

- First published 12.24 pm

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