Two men arrested by Terrorism Unit over van robbery

Detectives have arrested two men in connection with an armed robbery in the Foyle area earlier this week.

Saturday, 19th January 2019, 3:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th February 2019, 5:58 pm
Meadowbank Avenue (Google Earth)

The men, aged 49 and 41, were arrested by Detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorism Investigation Unit, police said on Saturday afternoon.

PSNI Detective Inspector Orr said: “TIU detectives, supported by district police colleagues, carried out searches in the Creggan and Strand Road areas of the city this morning and arrested the suspects.

“They will be questioned on suspicion of robbing the driver of a red Volkswagen Caddy van at gunpoint on Meadowbank Avenue on 15 January.”

Police had issued an appeal for information on Tuesday within hours of the robbery taking place along the busy Meadowbank Avenue.

Police said at the time that a hooded male in a high visibility jacket with his face obscured by a scarf approached and stopped the van shortly before 11:00am, reached inside the vehicle and removed a holdall containing a large sum of cash before fleeing on foot in the direction of Barry Street.