Northern Ireland

Armed robbers strike two bookmakers and a shop in Belfast

Police are investigating three armed robberies which took place in Belfast on Friday.

In west Belfast two bookmakers were robbed.

At about 2015 GMT, a man holding a firearm went into a bookmakers on Grosvenor Road. He demanded money and escaped on foot with a sum of cash.

In the second incident a man entered another bookmakers on Springfield Road at around 2030 GMT. He pointed a gun at a member of staff and demanded money. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The man is described as tall and of stocky build. He was wearing blue jeans, white trainers with a blue stripe and a black waist length padded jacket with a black hood.

Police have said they believe the two incidents are linked.

In north Belfast a third armed robbery took place in Flax Street at about 2145 GMT on Friday.

A man armed with a knife went into a shop and demanded money while pointing the knife at staff. The man took cash and cigarettes and escaped.

The man is described as being approximately 23-years-old, around 6ft tall and of thin build. He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up and a scarf around his face.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the robberies to contact them.