Derry bookmakers robbed second year in a row

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A Derry bookmakers has been robbed for the second year in a row over the Christmas period, it has been reported.

The robbery at the Ladbrokes premises, located between Elmwood Street and Beechwood Street, is believed to have been carried out at around 5.30pm on Wednesday.

It comes almost a year after the same bookies was targeted by robbers on St Stephen’s Day last year.

Sinn Féin Councillor Colly Kelly for the area said: “Once again we are greeted with the news that a small business has been subjected to a robbery.

“This time last year there was a spate of robberies around the Christmas period, and this bookmakers was robbed on St Stephens Day.

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

Colr. Kelly said anyone who would target local staff and businesses should be condemned.

“The staff are only doing a day’s work and should not be subject to this type of threat and intimidation,” he said.

“I would appeal to anyone with information on this robbery to bring it forward so that those responsible can be held to account by the justice system.”

Several other Ladbrokes premises across Derry have also been targeted by robbers over the past two years, including those at Racecourse Road and Fanad Drive in Creggan.