Northern Ireland

Two man arrested after attempted armed robbery at Belfast takeaway

Staff at Chinese takeaway were threatened during incident on Saturday evening

An investigation into the murder of a police constable in north Belfast 30 years ago is continuing
Police are investigating an attempted armed robbery in east Belfast on Saturday evening. (Niall Carson/PA)

Two men have been arrested by police investigating an attempted armed robbery at a Chinese takeaway in east Belfast.

The incident happened shortly before 9.45pm on Saturday in the Eastleigh Drive area of the city.

A masked man armed with a handgun entered the premises, threatened staff and demanded cash before fleeing empty handed.

A PSNI spokesperson said a 34-year-old man was arrested at a property in the nearby Parkgate Drive area on suspicion of robbery and possession of a firearm with intent.

A second man, aged 38, who was also in the property was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Both men remained in custody on Sunday evening.

“Detectives are investigating a possible link between this report and a number of other similar incidents in recent weeks and have seized a number of items for examination. Enquiries are ongoing,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, a 30-year-old man has been charged in connection with an armed robbery in Co Antrim.

The incident happened at commercial premises on the Woodburn Road in Carrickfergus on Friday.

The man has been charged with offences including robbery, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possession of an offensive weapon.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Monday, and all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.