Weekend armed robberies condemned

Armed robbers made off with cash in two separate incidents in Derry at the weekend.

The first incident took place on Saturday morning outside a supermarket on Fairview Road in the Galliagh area of the city at 9.30am.

Two masked men, both armed with handguns, approached either side of the vehicle and one opened the passenger side door and punched the 18 year-old driver twice before making off with a cash delivery bag.

The other masked man stayed at the drivers side. The men then made their getaway in a red car, possibly a Hyundai or Chrysler Neon, which was driven by a third man.

The second armed robbery took place in a bookmakers shop in Bishop Street at 6.30pm on Saturday. Two men, one of whom appeared to be armed with a handgun, and the other with a hammer, entered the premises and forced those inside to lay on the floor before removing a sum of cash.

The man, who is believed to have been carrying a gun, is described as being 6’2” in height, of medium build, wearing a dark-coloured long-sleeved top, light blue jeans and trainers. The men wore hats and scarves to obscure their faces.

Both incidents were condemned by Sinn Féin councillor Patricia Logue. “It is terrible that people can’t go about their business and do a days work without being held up like this,” she said.

Detectives have appealed for anyone with information on either incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.