Northern Ireland

Hammer threat during city robbery

A man armed with a claw hammer has stolen cigarettes during a robbery at a shop in east Belfast.

The robber threatened staff with the hammer during the incident which happened at premises on the Ballygowan Road close to Castlereagh junction shortly before 0700 BST on Saturday.

Police said he made off with a quantity of cigarettes in a white Vauxhall Astra car.

They have appealed for information about the incident.