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Staff physically restrain robber in west Belfast pharmacy

The attempted robbery took place at Coopers Pharmacy on the Andersonstown Road in west Belfast. Picture from Facebook
John Monaghan

MEMBERS of staff have foiled an attempted robbery at a pharmacy in west Belfast by physically restraining the robber.

At around 5pm yesterday evening, a man entered Coopers Pharmacy on the Andersonstown Road with a knife and reportedly demanded money and drugs.

However, staff restrained the man and held him until police arrived.

A 30-year-old man was last night being questioned after being arrested at the scene.

A number of people were injured during the incident, but none of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.

Sinn Féin West Belfast MP Paul Maskey said: "Two members of staff were injured during the robbery but staff raised the alarm and police were on site within minutes and took a man into custody.

"The quick actions of the staff prevented the robbery and I commend them for that."

Mr Maskey added: "People should be free to go about their work and businesses and should be able to trade without this type of activity."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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