‘It’s time to shut the doors’ says shop owner

The shop on Academy Road which was targeted last night.
The shop on Academy Road which was targeted last night.

The owner of a shop on Derry’s Academy Road has spoken of his disgust that his business was targeted by robbers on Wednesday night. The incident brings to a total of ten, the amount of times Brian Donaghey’s Academy Stores has been robbed since he bought the business thirteen years ago.

Speaking yesterday, as police examined CCTV footage of the incident in the small community shop, the 42-year-old businessman said it was time to “close the doors.”

“Basically we’re looking at a situation now where people are going to be put out of work,” Mr. Donaghey told the Journal.

“This has happened so often that I feel like I’m banging my head against a brick wall. This has happened in this shop at least ten times and for the last six times, no one has been prosecuted. That’s the reality of it. The people who are doing this are opportunists and there are a lot of escape routes away from the area.

“Each time this happens, members of staff are left shaken up by it. That’s horrible for them to have to deal with and each time when money is stolen that’s money that’s being taken right out of my pocket, It’s hard enough for corner shops to survive against the bigger stores and this is just making it impossible.

“I still have a mortgage on this place and I’ve worked hard but now I’ve been left in a position where I’ll probably have no option but to hand back the keys and start from scratch. The people who do this see it as an easy hit and a quick fix and they don’t think about people losing their jobs and being left in debt by their actions. It’s frustrating, very frustrating,” Mr. Donaghey added.

A police spokesperson said: “Just before 9.20pm on Wednesday, it was reported that a male entered a shop and demanded money. He made of with a sum of cash. The male is described as being approximately 5’8” tall, of slim build and was wearing a dark jacket. No-one was injured in the incident.

“Anyone with any information about this is asked to contact CID in Strand Road Police Station on the new non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”