South Belfast Ulster Unionist Assembly Member Michael McGimpsey has condemned the robbery at an off sales in the Four Winds area of South Belfast yesterday evening shortly before 9pm. Two men entered the off license and demanded staff hand over cash from two members of staff before making off with the cash register and a money box.
The first man is described as being in his early 20’s around 5’7”, tall of medium build with pale skin and dirty fair hair. He was wearing a blue and white Peruvian hat with a grey hooded top over a yellow t-shirt, navy track suit bottoms and white trainers.
The second robber is described as also being in his early 20’s and 5’7”, tall and of slim build. He was wearing a black snowflake patterned hat, a navy jacket, blue bottoms and white trainers.
Both men were reported to have strong local Belfast accents.
It is believed that they made their escape on foot towards the Carnbrae Park direction and police are appealing for witnesses.
Speaking this morning, Michael McGimpsey said;
“I condemn this frightening attack on a normally very quite area of Belfast. The two staff members involved in the off license have been shaken by the experience. They were however able to provide very good descriptions of the attackers and I would ask anyone who may have seen these men to contact the police.”
“It is unacceptable that petty criminals should bring such fear into a quiet and peaceful area of South Belfast. Local businesses are already struggling in these tough economic times and do not need this sort of inconvenience.”
“There is no place for violence or the fear of violence in our society; people should feel safe to go about their daily lives without the fear of such violent demands.”
“I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the police on 0845 600 8000 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”