Detectives investigating the report of an armed robbery in east Belfast last night (Thursday, 25th March) are appealing for witnesses.

Police received a report just after 9:40pm that two masked man, armed with what were described as 'large kitchen knives' entered a shop on Albertbridge Road and threatened staff, before fleeing with cash and a quantity of cigarettes in the direction of Glenallen Street.

One of the suspects is described as being approximately 5' 7'' tall, of a 'stocky' build and possibly aged in his forties. The second suspect is described as having worn a blue jacket, 'camouflage combat' trousers, of a normal build and around 5' 9'' to 5' 10'' tall and spoke with what was described as a 'raspy' voice.

Detective Sergeant Gardiner said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for staff and, while no one was physically injured, this was a traumatic and frightening ordeal and staff have been left shaken.

"We want to hear from anyone who was in the area between 9:40pm and 9:45pm and saw two males acting suspiciously, or who has information about this crime, to call our detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 1958 of 25/03/21."

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