Homes evacuated after armed robbery

Published Tuesday, 25 December 2012
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A number of homes were evacuated by police in north Belfast following an armed robbery which was carried out on a cash delivery van on Christmas Eve.

Homes evacuated after armed robbery
Police want to speak to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area. (© UTV)

A security guard was threatened by a man carrying a large knife during the incident on Ardoyne Road shortly before 12.30pm on Monday.

The thief made off with a box containing a sum of money.

The guard was left badly shaken, but uninjured as a result of the ordeal.

Police are linking a green coloured Ford car, which was found abandoned in the Etna Drive area some time later, to the robbery.

Residents in the area were evacuated for a time as police and army bomb experts dealt with the suspicious car. They have now been allowed to return home.

Police have thanked them for their patience during the operation.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police in north Belfast appreciate the impact that this has had on evacuated residents on such a precious day like today."

The robber is described as being tall, wearing a black coloured jacket, grey sports top and blue jeans. He had a black coloured scarf covering his face.

Anyone who may have seen suspicious activity on Oldpark Road - in the vicinity of the Hedgehog and Bucket pub and the Joy King Chinese takeaway - is asked to contact the police.

The PSNI also want to speak to anyone who witnessed the robbery.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
sean.d in belfast wrote (641 days ago):
northie,if every stolen car in belfast was declared a bomb we wouldn't be able to leave the front door [thank god they are not] but some times our PSNI seem to exaggerate .i would like to know who called bomb ? and why ? i do support our police force but not 100%. the psni should explain their reasons for calling bomb or was it used to change news headlines ? and northie it "wasn't" a bomb,i dont believe in WHAT IF and i dont blame the thief.
Northie in North belfast wrote (643 days ago):
Sean you would be the very one on here still complaining had the police ignored the car and a bomb had exploded. Be thankful we have police to do what they need to and right now it's the guy who robbed the security van you should be blaming - he gave people a nice Christmas Eve especially the poor security man.
sean.d in belfast wrote (644 days ago):
i would love to know why the psni put 2 and 2 together and came up with a "possible bomb"theory ? a man with a knife and a box of money ,EQUALS-BOMB ???.and then to thank the residents ,well whoopy doo.
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