There has been widespread shock and anger at the armed robbery in Dungiven at the weekend, with local politicians joining the police appeal to catch the gun wielding robber.
Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey was on scene shortly after the incident, and spoke with the business owner and staff.
“This is very unsettling for Dungiven, and I’m sure whoever did this wasn’t up for work on Monday morning,” said Colr. McGlinchey, yesterday.
“I saw the staff themselves and they are still very traumatised. They were finishing up after a long day and then this happens. It must have been terrifying for them.”
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle said: “I know Denis, who owns the shop, is doing what he can to reassure his staff and support them. Thankfully, no one was hurt and staff, and indeed the community, is very shocked by this. This is a family-run business and always very keen to look after their staff and customers.”
Colr. Coyle added: “If anyone has any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem - anything - contact the police or their local councillor.”
Dungiven Parish Priest, Fr. Aidan Mullan (pictured left) also expressed shock.
“This had to be planned. It wasn’t spontaneous, and whoever did it had to be watching. I’m really annoyed for the girls who work there because it just happened in the dark of night,” said Fr. Mullan.
“It’s hard on the business, and we must support the staff and do what we can for them because they will feel uneasy now. It would have been a frightening experience.”