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'Despicable' thieves wearing surgical masks steal woman's engagement ring

The engagement ring is of immense sentimental value

THIEVES wearing surgical masks robbed a woman of her engagement ring and cash during a "terrifying ordeal" in west Belfast.

The woman,who is in her 20s, was walking along a path at Woodside Forest in the Stewartstown Road area when she was approached after 9.30pm on Sunday.

A woman and a man, who brandished a small pen knife, demanded money before grabbing and ripping at the victim's pockets and taking cash.

The woman removed her watch and engagement ring.

The man is described as being aged in his 30s, approximately 5ft 6in tall, wearing a dark coat with the hood up, and dark bottoms and wearing a "paper surgical-type mask".

The woman was around the same age and height and was also wearing a dark coat with the hood up and a similar mask.

Police described the robbery as "a despicable act and a terrifying ordeal, which has left the victim clearly distressed".

"The engagement ring is, understandably, of immense sentimental value. This is a white gold ring, with a large square diamond in the middle, surrounded by smaller diamonds," a PSNI spokesman said.

"There is a small blue/green stone among the smaller diamonds."

Police say if anyone is offered the ring to contact them.

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