Cllr Laura McNamee said: “I am shocked that this shop was robbed in broad daylight on one of Belfast’s main roads. It is deeply worrying that there has been an increase in knife crimes in recent years. I hope the police will continue to view this as an extremely serious crime and will provide resources to tackle this growing problem.
“My thoughts are with the shop assistant after what must have been a very traumatic experience for her. I hope she is able to get over her ordeal quickly.
“I would urge anybody with any information about this robbery to contact the police. This man must be caught and brought before the courts before he commits another robbery.”