Northern Ireland

Man attacked during armed robbery in Lisburn

A 27-year-old man has been struck around the head and face twice during an armed robbery at a pharmacy in Lisburn.

It happened at about 20:20 BST on Thursday night, when two masked men, one of whom was armed with a gun, entered the Knockmore Road premises.

One of the men threatened a staff member demanding medication before striking him and forcing him to open the drugs store.

The men escaped with drugs in a car.

The black Vauxhall Vectra, which was driven by a third man, was spotted by police a short time later on Prince William Road.

Police officers then pursued the vehicle into the Twinbrook area where it was brought to a halt at Glasvey Drive.

Officers seized the vehicle involved and believe it matches the description of a car stolen in the Jerusalem Street area of south Belfast on 22 October.

Three men, aged 41, 45 and 46, have been arrested on suspicion of armed robbery.