Balaclava wearing gunman fails to stick up shop; three arrests

Castle Street.
Castle Street.
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Two people arrested after a balaclava-wearing gunman made an unsuccessful attempt to stick up a shop in the centre of Belfast on Friday have been released on bail.

Two men, aged 52 and 61, and a woman, aged 51, were arrested in connection with the incident in Castle Street yesterday afternoon.

They were taken to Musgrave for questioning.

All three have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

It was reported to police that around 5.40 p.m. a man wearing a balaclava entered the shop with a suspected firearm, demanded cash from staff, but then left when the workers refused to surrender any takings.

He escaped in the direction of Chapel Lane.

The PSNI has asked anyone who was in the busy Castle Street area between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Firday and noted anything suspicious to ring the non-emergency number 101 and quote the police serial number 1449 for June 14.

Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information is asked to contact detectives in Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 1449 14/06/19.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.