Armed robbery at Newry Credit Union

May 7, 2013

By Christine Keighery

Staff and customers of Newry Credit Union were left traumatised following a terrifying robbery last Wednesday afternoon.

Just after 2pm, two men entered the premises, one of whom police believe was possibly armed with a firearm, and demanded money. An eye witness told The Examiner that one of the men jumped over the nearest cash desk to the entrance and began screaming at terrified staff to open the money drawers and hand over cash.  Meanwhile, his accomplice barked orders at shocked customers who were concerned for their own safety.

After grabbing a sum of cash, the men made off on foot in the direction of High Street where it is believed they got into a silver coloured vehicle with a southern registration plate to leave the area.

The attack left members of staff extremely shaken but, thankfully, there were no injuries sustained during the frightening ordeal.

Police in Newry are appealing for information following the robbery and have issued descriptions of the two men.

The first man is described as being in his 20’s and wore a dark hooded top.

The second male is described as being in his 30’s, of medium build and was wearing a red coat with a scarf covering his face.

SDLP MLA Dominic Bradley condemned those responsible and said they had no respect for the local community.

“Newry Credit provides an important service to our community. Robbery of the Credit Union is robbery of the community” said Mr Bradley,

“Those responsible for this act have absolutely no regard or respect for the community. I hope that they will be apprehended and brought before the courts.

“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this robbery to contact the police without delay. It is sad that in the year in which the Credit Union is celebrating 50 years of service to Newry that there are those who can only respond in this despicable way.”

DUP MLA for Newry and Armagh, William Irwin sympathised with Credit Union staff and said the use of force against staff during such a robbery can be a very traumatic experience, before utterly condemning  “any robbery of anyone or any institution.”

A spokesperson for Newry Credit Union said,  “Newry Credit Union can confirm that the premises were held up by two masked men on Wednesday 1st May at 2.11pm. We would like to commend our colleagues for their swift action in managing the situation and protecting members. A theft from a Credit Union is theft from the entire community.

“As this is an active criminal investigation we will not be making any further comment at this time. We would however, encourage anyone in the Hill Street vicinity around the time of the incident or who may have information to contact the PSNI in Ardmore CID on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers.”