Charge after east Belfast armed robbery

Charge after east Belfast armed robbery

A 50-year-old man has been charged with robbery, firearms offences and threats to kill in connection with an armed robbery in east Belfast.

It comes after it was reported that a man, armed with a suspected gun, entered a shop on the Beersbridge Road on Sunday shortly after 9.10pm.A member of staff is understood to have challenged the robber, who then ran off from the area.Detective Constable Hughes said: "The man was arrested a short time afterwards in relation to the incident. No one is believed to have been injured during the incident. The suspected firearm was recovered in the Hyndford Street area and has been taken away for forensic examination."A man was arrested and later charged by police investigating the incident.Police said the 50-year-old is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday and all the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.Meanwhile east Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton, a member of the Policing Board, has commended the bravery of the employee who confronted the robber.He said: "East Belfast shops and small businesses have suffered from a growing list of opportunist robberies. These local businesses provide a valuable service to the community and employ local people."Over past months a spate of robberies has taken place that result in hard-pressed neighbourhood shops losing money and goods as well as staff being threatened. To be threatened during a robbery is a very traumatic experience which can cause mental health problems over the long-term."Mr Newtown called on the community to support the police in making the area safer for the business community and their staff.

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