Shopkeeper dies after customs raid

A Waterside shopkeeper has died following a raid on his store by Customs and Excise and PSNI officers.

Yesterday’s raid on the shop in the Top of the Hill area resulted in the seizure of cigarettes, three kilos of tobacco and a vehicle.

A short time after the raid police were alerted to the death of a shopkeeper, named locally as Dan Doran, at his convenience store on Strabane Old Road. It’s believed he died from a suspected heart attack.

The Police Ombudsman is to investigate the case although the death is not being treated by police as suspicious.

Glendermott Parish Priest Father Michael Canny described Mr Doran as a “local institution”.

“My understanding is that at sometime yesterday, perhaps in the morning, Customs and Excise and the police raided the man’s shop and took away a quantity of material plus the man’s car,” he said.

(See Friday’s Derry Journal for further details)