Staff traumatised after armed robberies

Staff were left traumatised after two Derry business were targeted by armed robbers on Sunday.

Three men armed with a sledgehammer and a suspected gun raided Dominos pizzeria at Spencer Road shortly before 1am. The three made off with a sum of money from a till and a member of staff’s handbag, leaving in a black Volkswagen Golf.

The Golf was later found burnt out in the Glassagh Road area of the city. At around 6.25pm on Sunday evening, a shop in the Creggan Road area was raided by a man armed with a hammer.

A female shop assistant was ordered to put cash in a bag and robber made off towards the Bogside with a haul of cigarettes. The female shop assistant was shaken but not injured during the incident.

The SDLP and Sinn Fein have condemned the robberies and called for anyone with information about the crimes to call the police. Derry City Councillor Martin Reilly said: “In these tough economic times right across the city businesses are struggling to make ends meet and they don’t the additional pressure of violent robbers such as these.”

After speaking with management at Dominos, Colr Reilly said that to be confronted by three thugs - two of them armed - was “very traumatic and shocking” for the staff.

Sinn Fein Councillor Patricia Logue said the Creggan Road robbery - the fourth in the Bogside area in as many weeks - indicated a worrying trend.

She added: “This must have been a very frightening experience for the female shop assistant, particularly as the robber was reported to have been armed with a hammer.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous that a shop which is providing a vital service for the local community is targeted in such a way.”