Gun used in Muff robbery

A major investigation was underway along the border at Muff yesterday after armed raiders robbed a filling station at Muff on Sunday night.

Yesterday Garda Inspector David Murphy told the ‘Journal’ they were appealing for witnesses to the raid and anyone with information is asked to contact either Muff Garda Station (tel 93-84002) or Buncrana (93-20540).

The Inspector stated: “The robbery occurred around 10 p.m. on Sunday night when two males entered the Texaco Filling Station at Muff. This station is very close to the border. One of the men is believed to have produced a firearm to a member of staff and demanded money. They left the premises with an undisclosed some of cash.”

Gardai believe a gray Skoda Octavia taxi which had been hijacked a short time earlier was the vehicle used by the robbers and that they used this same vehicle to make good their escape across the border.

Inspector Murphy added: “ We are asking any one in Muff or on the Craig Road which leads into Derry who noticed anything suspicious to please contact us.”

Last week it was claimed armed garda patrols would be deployed along the border as security was being stepped up to curb an upsurge in cross border crime.

The Journal was told that it was thought two highly organised ‘travelling’ criminal gangs from Limerick and Dublin were behind the spate of crime in the area.

A spokesperson from the Gardai Press office stated: “ An Garda Siochana work closely with the PSNI and other agencies in combating cross border criminal activity. For operational reasons we do not comment on the specifics with regard to policing arrangements.”