Armed robbery at bookies

Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.
Sinn Fein Councillor Colly Kelly.

An armed robbery at a bookmakers in Derry’s Bogside this week marked the second time the business has been targeted in six months.

Sinn Féin Councillor for the area Colly Kelly spoke out against those behind the robbery at the Blucher Street premises on Tuesday night.

A knife was used to threaten staff during the episode.

PSNI Detective Sargent Brian Reid said that at around 7.30pm on Tuesday a man wearing a balaclava and armed with a large knife entered the premises at Blucher Street. He demanded money and made off with an amount in cash from the tills.

Colr. Kelly said “This bookie’s was also the target of an attempted robbery back in July of last year.

“Many small businesses are struggling to keep their doors open in January and providing much needed employment for local people.”

The man was about 6ft tall and was wearing a dark coat and tracksuit bottoms, and anyone with information should call 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.