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Detectives appeal for witnesses to two armed robberies 30 miles apart

Three men entered an off licence on North Queen Street in north Belfast and threatened staff with a knife

TWO men and a woman have been arrested following two armed robberies that were carried out 30 miles apart.

Shortly after 10.30am on Sunday it was reported that two men, one armed with a hammer, entered a shop on Main Street in Dundrum, Co Down and threatened staff before making off with some cash in a "silver coloured car" parked nearby.

At around 1.40pm that afternoon, it was reported that three men entered an off licence on North Queen Street in north Belfast and threatened staff with a knife.

They made off with cash, cigarettes and "a number of bottles" of alcohol after a staff member suffered a cut to her hand.

It is understood the suspects made off in "a silver coloured car" parked in nearby Upper Canning Street.

A silver Citroen car believed to have been involved in the incidents was found abandoned on Upper Whiterock Road in west Belfast at around 4pm on Sunday.

Police said a 23-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman were arrested a short distance away "on suspicion of a number of offences".

A 41 year old man was arrested in Belfast yesterday in connection with the crimes.

The woman was interviewed and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

However, both men remain in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson has appealed for "anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave Police Station" on 101 quoting reference 807 of 04/02/18.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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