Silverbridge attempted burglary ‘an attack on entire community’

February 22, 2016

The attempted robbery of a shop in Silverbridge for the second time in recent weeks has been condemned by Councillor Barra Ó Muirí who described it as “an attack on the entire community”.

Donnelly’s supermarket was targeted around 3.30am on Monday last by raiders who rammed a vehicle against the front shutters of the premises in a fruitless attempt to gain entry.  The business has just finished repairing damage caused by an almost identical incident last month.

Less than an hour later, around 4.25am, thieves gained entry to a Spar supermarket on Millvale Road in Bessbrook from where the raiders made off with a quantity of cigarettes.  Again a vehicle was used to ram the front shutters of the shop.

Police are investigating a link to the two incidents and have appealed for information.

Councillor Ó Muirí said the criminals responsible are “a stain on the good name of south Armagh”.

“There has been a catalogue of attempted robberies in south Armagh over the past 12 months, a concerted effort to disrupt, steal, injure and intimidate, with this being the second attempted robbery at Donnelly’s shop,” he said.

“Given the tragic history of the property at Donnelly’s, local feelings are running high that these criminals are targeting the shop.”

Urging people to be vigilant, he added: “I would encourage everyone to watch out for unusual behaviour, or strange cars at night time, and to pass all relevant information on to the authorities.”

His party colleague Megan Fearon MLA added: “The south Armagh community will stand up to these thugs just as we’ve stood up to every attack on this area.  I would urge anyone with information about this incident to contact the PSNI and help make our communities safer.”