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Man questioned following reports of attempted robberies in south Belfast

Police said one man is being questioned

A MAN was being questioned by police last night following reports of two attempted robberies in south Belfast.

Police said the arrest came after man believed to be armed with a Stanley knife approached two women in the Ormeau Park area and demanded money on Monday at around 7.40pm.

"The women refused to do so, and the male walked off," a police spokeswoman said.

"A short time later, it was further reported that a male approached a man and a woman, once again in the Ormeau Park area, and demanded that they hand over anything of value that they had on their person.

"The suspect was again reported to be armed with what was believed to be a Stanley knife.

"The man and the woman made off, and were understandably left very shaken by the incident."

The spokeswoman said a man in his 20s was arrested by police on suspicion of attempted robbery, possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a class B controlled drug.

Police have appealed for information.

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