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distressing Detectives investigate after driver's phone is stolen at knife-point in South Belfast

'Despite attempts by the suspects to keep the victim in the car, he managed to get out and run and assisted by members of the public'

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are investigating the incident that took place in the early hours of this morning

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are investigating the incident that took place in the early hours of this morning

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are investigating the incident that took place in the early hours of this morning

Detectives in South Belfast are investigating a robbery in the early hours of this morning when two men got into a car and stole the driver’s phone at knife-point. 

The incident happened in the Ormeau Road area just before just before 1.10am when a man (24), who was parked in his car in Raby Street, was approached by a woman who rapped on the window.

Detective Sergeant Stephen Gardiner said two men then approached the car before one got into the front passenger seat, armed with a knife, while the second got into the rear seat.

“The male in the front took the victim’s phone,” Detective Sergeant Gardiner said.

“Despite attempts by the suspects to keep the victim in the car, he managed to get out and run towards the Ormeau Road where he was assisted by members of the public.”

The male who got into the front of the victim’s car is described as being aged in his 40s with short dark hair and was wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

The woman outside the vehicle is described as being aged in her mid to late thirties with dark hair in a ponytail.

“Thankfully, the victim was physically uninjured, however, this was a very distressing incident,” Detective Sergeant Gardiner added.

“We are appealing to anyone with information, who was in the area at the time or who may have dashcam or other footage to contact police on 101 quoting reference 106 of 20/11/21.”

Gary McKeown, an SDLP councillor in the area, told Belfast Live that the incident "must have been a very distressing".

He added: "For someone to be the victim of a crime like this when they were just sitting in their vehicle is shocking and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.

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"This is a vibrant and popular part of the city for both residents and visitors, but like anywhere it's not without its issues, and I'm in regular contact with police regarding this. I would urge anyone with any information to contact them."

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