Robbers target takeaway with sledgehammer

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Two shop workers have been left badly shaken after an armed robbery in Derry.

Police say the armed robbery took place shortly before 10:45pm last night at business premises in the Laburnum Terrace area(December 11).

A PSNI spokesman says the men - armed with a sledgehammer and a suspected firearm - made off with a cash register and a drawer containing money.

“Shortly before 10:45pm, it was reported that two masked males entered a shop, armed with a sledgehammer and a suspected firearm.

“It is believed that two female members of staff were threatened during the incident. Both females were badly shaken during the incident, but no one was injured.”

Sinn Fein councillor Colly Kelly says those responsible showed little regard for the staff or the wider community.

“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.

This robbery is an attack on the Bogside community as a whole. 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.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111