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Belfast hotel employee threatened with hammer during attempted armed robbery

Police have appealed for information after an attempted armed robbery at a hotel and three burglaries in south Belfast
John Monaghan

A STAFF member at a Belfast hotel has been threatened by a man armed with a hammer during an attempted robbery.

It happened at 3.45am on Sunday at the hotel on University Street.

The man, who was wearing a scarf covering his face, left empty handed in the direction of the Ormeau Road and no-one was injured.

Meanwhile, police have appealed for information after three burglaries in the Donegall Road area of south Belfast.

In the first incident, a man in his 60s was awoken by a man brandishing a knife and wearing a scarf over his face at around 4am on Friday in the upstairs bedroom of a house in Tavanagh Street.

Another man was heard rummaging through belongings downstairs.

A phone and keys were among the items stolen. The occupant was left shaken but uninjured.

At around 4.45am on Friday, at a property in Rockview Street, a householder was awoken by two men, one of whom was carrying a large knife.

Police said the pair entered a second floor bedroom "shouting and looking for money" and threatened to stab the victim.

The burglars made off with a sum of cash and a number of other items including phones and keys.

The victim was left shaken but uninjured.

Police said another burglary, also in Rockview Street, took place sometime between 10pm on Wednesday and 1pm on Friday.

No-one was at home at the time, when several items including a laptop, DVD player and stereo were taken.

Police said that one line of enquiry is that all three burglaries are linked.

Anyone with information about any of the burglaries or the attempted armed robbery is asked to contact officers on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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