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Engagement ring stolen at knifepoint by pair in ‘surgical masks’

The stolen engagement ring is of immense sentimental value. Credit: PSNI

A woman has been left badly distressed after having her engagement ring stolen at knifepoint by a man and woman believed to have been wearing a paper surgical-type masks.

The incident, described by police as a “despicable act and a terrifying ordeal” happened in the Stewartstown Road area of west Belfast at about 9.40pm on Sunday.

The victim – aged in her 20s – was approached by a man and a woman and the latter distracted her while the man brandished a pen knife and demanded money.

PSNI Detective Constable McVeagh said: “The man grabbed at and ripped the victim’s pockets, taking her money, and the female proceeded to remove the victim’s watch and engagement ring.

“This was a despicable act and a terrifying ordeal, which has left the victim clearly distressed.

“The engagement ring is, understandably, of immense sentimental value.”

The ring is described as being white gold, with a large square diamond in the middle, surrounded by smaller diamonds and with a small blue/green stone among them.

The male suspect is described as being aged in his 30s, around 5ft 6ins tall, and was wearing a dark coat with the hood up and dark bottoms.

The female suspect is said to have also been aged in her 30s and around 5ft 6ins tall, wearing a dark coat with the hood up.

Both suspects are said to have been wearing paper surgical-type masks.

Police are urging anyone with information, or anyone who may be offered such a ring in suspicious circumstances, to contact them on 101 or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.