28 May 2005


Hostages held during Boots raid

The police were outside the store most of the day

Two employees of a chemist in Belfast city centre were forced to hand over tens of thousands of pounds to thieves while their families were held hostage.

They were ordered to go their work at Boots chemist in Donegall Place and get money while their families were held at their homes in south and west Belfast.

The cash was then handed over to the thieves at Wellington Place in the city centre at about 0915 BST on Saturday.

Police want to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the exchange take place.

No-one was injured during the incident, however, the hostages are said to be deeply shocked.

The chemist, which is Boots' main store in Belfast, remained closed throughout Saturday while the police investigation took place.

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