Officers are searching for a gunman who tried to steal money and medicine from a Belfast pharmacy

PSNI officers are appealing for help in locating a man who threatened pharmacy staff with a knife this afternoon in Belfast.

The incident happened around 2:40 p.m. in the Whitewell Road area.

According to reports, the man entered the pharmacy brandishing a knife and threatened staff while demanding access to cash and medicine.

He is believed to be in his 40s and is believed to have fled the scene empty-handed when two male workers returned to the store while he was there.

Belfast Police are now appealing for witnesses and have described the culprit as around 5ft 8in tall and of slim build.

He was wearing a black vest, with a gray tracksuit, a beanie and a black mask at the time of the attempted robbery.

In a statement today, PSNI Detective Sergeant McCartan said: “At approximately 2.40pm police received a report that a man armed with a knife had entered the premises and threatened staff before demanding drugs and money at the checkout.

“The man fled empty-handed when two male staff entered the store.

“He is described as being in his 40s, of slim build, about 5ft 8in tall and wearing a black vest, gray tracksuit, beanie and black face mask.

“I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have dash cam footage which may assist in our investigation, to contact police on 101 quoting reference 1070 of 02/07/ 22.”