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Attempted armed robbery spoils ‘convivial New Year’

By Paul Ainsworth

AN attempted robbery in the early hours of the New Year spoiled what was an otherwise “convivial” atmosphere in the Ormeau area, a local community representative has said.

Teresa Graham, secretary of the Lower Ballynafeigh Residents’ Association (LBRA) was speaking after a knife-wielding mugger attacked a man in Delhi Street sometime between 3.30am and 4.30am, pushing him against a wall and threatening him with the blade.

Police said a scuffle broke out before the assailant made off on foot.

He is described as being in his early 30s, of average build, and wearing a white hooded top. Officers have appealed for anyone with information on the incident to come forward.

Delhi Street resident Teresa  told the South Belfast News the area had hosted a number of house parties with people coming and going into the early hours.

“It seemed like there was a party in every other house on New Year’s Eve,” she said.

“Delhi Street was quite busy with an overall convivial atmosphere but it looks like someone took advantage of people who may have been making their way home on foot afterwards.

“This was a very worrying incident for the victim, and I hope anyone who might know the person responsible can help identify him. We don’t want knives on our streets and this could have been a devastating start to the New Year.”

Meanwhile, Lower Ormeau community spokesman Gerard Rice said the beginning of 2012 saw no noticeable trouble in the area.

“Thankfully it was quiet enough, which could have been to do with the adverse weather, but generally we have enjoyed a peaceful New Year,” he said.”



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