Murder inquiry after shop robbery pensioner dies

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Police have launched a murder investigation after a pensioner who collapsed during a robbery at a shop in west Belfast died.

Samuel Crawford, 75, from Cavendish Street died in hospital following the incident on Monday.

Police said they want to speak to two women, possibly nurses, who helped Mr Crawford after the incident.

Sinn Fein Councillor Tom Hartley said Mr Crawford's death had left the community numb and angered.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Crawford and in particular his wife Kathleen and his son Gerard," he said.

"This happened about 10 yards from his home, the family have just suffered so much since Monday."

"I am sure that the local community will rally around them to provide whatever support they may need in the coming days."