Robbery In Ballyhackamore

neills hill ballyhackamore 300x183 Robbery In BallyhackamoreA gang of armed men have robbed a restaurant in east Belfast.

Up to five men burst into the Neill’s Hill Brasserie on Upper Newtownards Road at 00:30 BST on Saturday, shortly after the restaurant had closed.

Workers were threatened and forced to lie on the floor by the gang, who took cash before escaping on foot.

Staff say at least three of the men were armed with guns. Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

Alliance MP Naomi Long said it was “disgraceful that a local business which has recently invested heavily in the area has been targeted in this manner”.

DUP assembly member Robin Newton said the robbery of the restaurant, formerly known as Aldens, was “another scandalous attack on an east Belfast business”.

“The thugs and bully boys who use guns in a robbery do so with the intent of using them if they believe it is necessary,” he said.

“These are dangerous criminals and need to be taken off the streets and put behind bars for a long time.

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