Armed robbery in Derry

Published Saturday, 28 December 2013
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Two masked men, one armed with a handgun, have robbed a bookmaker’s shop in Londonderry.

Armed robbery in Derry
Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward. (© UTV)

It happened in the Central Drive area of the Creggan on Friday at around 8.30pm.

A member of staff was threatened during the hold-up, but not injured.

Police believe that the men made off from the premises with a sum of money.

One of the men is described as being about 5ft 8in tall, and of slim build. He was wearing a ski mask with cut out holes for his eyes and a black leather jacket.

The other man, who remained at the front door of the premises, was also wearing a ski mask and is described as being slightly taller and wearing a padded coat.

SDLP Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan said that it was the fourth such robbery in the area in recent days.

“I want to condemn those behind a robbery at the bookies at Central Drive in Creggan yesterday evening who subjected staff to a terrifying ordeal,” he said.

“This must have been a very traumatic experience for staff who have been working hard over the Christmas break.

“I would urge bookies and other businesses to exercise vigilance and be mindful of security arrangements particularly at this time of year.

“Anyone with information regarding these robberies should come forward to the PSNI as a matter of urgency.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

© UTV News
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