Northern Ireland

Police probe Belfast and Newtownabbey armed robberies

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Police are investigating an armed robbery at a bookmakers on the Falls Road in Belfast.

An armed man entered the shop at 21:10 GMT on Wednesday and threatened a member of staff with a claw hammer.

He then made off with a sum of money. The member of staff was uninjured in the incident.

In a separate incident on Wednesday, an off-licence in Newtownabbey was also targeted by an armed robber carrying a knife.

The man entered the off-licence on the Carnmoney Road at 19:50 GMT and threatened a member of staff before making off with a sum of money. No one was injured.

The robber is described as being in his 20s, approximately 5ft 11in tall, and of thin build. He was wearing a black hooded top with a black hat under the hood and grey sweat bottoms.

Police have appealed for information about both incidents.