Shop assistant traumatised after armed robbery

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A shop assistant was left traumatised after armed robbers held up a Derry store.

Two masked raiders, one brandishing a hand gun, entered Frank McColgan’s shop (Frankies) at Foyle Road on Wednesday night and demanded cash and cigarettes. The armed robbers escaped with items in a black ‘Mackenzie’ bag with purple and white writing.

They made off in a silver car, possibly a Nissan Almera, in the direction of Killea.

Mr McColgan told the ‘Journal’ that his son Gareth, who was working in the shop, was left “badly shaken” by the incident.

“Two men came in wearing balaclavas and told him to ‘empty the till into the effing bag’. We believe that a third man was in the car outside the shop.”

The raid was yesterday condemned by local politicians.

Foyle MLA Mark Durkan said:” It’s a tough time for businesses, particularly small businesses, and this type of reprehensible activity makes it even more difficult. I utterly condemn the robbery and would appeal for anyone with information to pass it to police.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Patricia Logue added: “Any robbery is an extremely traumatic event for the victims.

“Such attacks are completely reprehensible and those who would involve themselves in this type of activity can have no place in society.

“Those who would carry out such actions do so without any care for those they may hurt in the process, nor with any regard for the wider community. I would urge anyone with information on this robbery to contact the police.”