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Man armed with samurai sword robs east Belfast off-licence

Police are investigating the robbery, which happened on Sunday night

A MAN armed with a samurai sword has robbed an off licence in east Belfast.

Police said the assailant entered the store on the Woodstock Road on Sunday at around 8.45pm.

He threatened staff and demanded cash before escaping with a sum of money in the direction of the Cregagh Road.

Police said the man was described as being around 5ft 8ins tall, around 40 years-old and of thin build with dark facial stubble. He wore a grey coloured flat cap, a black raincoat and a dark coloured plaid shirt.

The sword was described as being about 2ft long with a black handle and black blade.

Police said no staff were injured during the robbery.

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