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Terrifying 'Shot fired' as men armed with gun and machete rob Belfast business

The suspects made off towards the Falls Road in a Volvo and Range Rover

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The PSNI have asked the public for information after two men armed with a machete and a gun robbed a business in west Belfast business.

The incident happened on Beechmount Avenue this morning at around 8.15am.

One of the men was described as wearing a navy jacket, combat trousers and wielding a machete. The other man was wearing a green jacket and was armed with a suspected firearm.

It is understood the man discharged the weapon into the air when leaving the premises.

The men robbed the store as the ATM machine was being refilled and made off with a sum of cash in a red Mercedes heading towards Kennedy Street.

The police believe the men then got out of the Mercedes and got into a Range Rover and Volvo parked in the Shiels Street area, where the Mercedes was later found burnt out, before heading in the direction of the Falls Road.

The Volvo was later found in the Lenadoon Avenue area and the Land Rover was found in the Bingnian Drive area of west Belfast.

Detective Inspector Keith Wilson said: “The reckless actions of firing a weapon in a shop at a busy time of the morning, could have resulted in severe consequences as there were members of the public, including young school children in the area who have been exposed to such activity and could have been seriously injured or worse.

“We would like to thank those who have come forward with information, which has been invaluable to our investigation. Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident, but police would appeal to anyone with any information to contact them on 101, quoting reference number 242 26/11/20.

"A report can be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org."

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