PSNI arrest man after attempted knife robberies

editorial image

Police have arrested a man in his twenties after two attempted robberies using a knife in north Belfast.

The incidents took place in the North Queen Street and Alliance Avenue areas on Monday 19 May.

A man entered a shop in North Queen Street armed with a knife at 3,20pm, demanding money. None was handed over and he made off in a silver coloured car.

A short time later a second incident was reported when a man entered a shop in Alliance Avenue, claiming to have a knife and demanding money. The man was disturbed by a customer and left the scene empty handed, making off in a silver car. The man involved in both incidents was described as being of heavy build, wearing dark rimmed glasses and a baseball cap.

Police stopped a silver coloured car was stopped by police in North Queen Street at 4.20pm and a man in his twenties was arrested in connection with both incidents.

He is currently in custody helping police with their enquiries.

Detectives have appealed to anyone who may have witnessed either incident or who has any information to contact them at CID in Tennent Street on the non-emergency number 101 or anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.