Northern Ireland

Staff "traumatised and shaken" following armed robbery of north Belfast supermarket

Police investigating north Belfast armed robbery
Police investigating north Belfast armed robbery

A man in his 30s was being questioned on Sunday following the armed robbery of a north Belfast supermarket.

Two men armed with a knife and a metal bar entered the supermarket on the Oldpark Road around 7.30am on Sunday and demanded cash from a till.

They were wearing gloves and surgical-style masks, the PSNI said, adding the pair left the scene with a sum of money. The two men drove away in the gray Volkswagen Golf.

Detectives are appealing for information. Two members of staff were unharmed but shaken by what was described by police as a "frightening experience".

"One man in his 30s has been arrested in relation to this offence and remains in custody at this time," the PSNI said last evening.

Sinn Féin MLA Carál Ní Chuilín said staff at the Co-Op on the Oldpark Road have been left traumatised after an attempted robbery this morning.

The North Belfast MLA said: “Two men entered the Co-Op on the Oldpark Road with knives and threatened staff. The staff have been left traumatised and shaken up after the incident.

“My thoughts are with them and their families.

“This store provides a vital service and jobs to the community of this area. I would urge anyone who may have any information on what happened to bring it forward to the police.”