Axe-wielding raiders target Credit Union

November 27, 2012

By Christine Keighery

Staff at Slieve Gullion Credit Union in Forkhill endured a terrifying ordeal last Friday evening when a three-man gang armed with axes and a handgun entered the premises and forced workers to hand over a sum of money.

The masked trio made their way into the Main Street building shortly after 7.30pm on Friday night and threatened staff with the weapons, before escaping with the stolen cash in a silver coloured VW Golf.

The aggressive robbery was met with widespread condemnation, with Newry and Armagh Sinn Féin MLA, Megan Fearon, describing it as “a vicious and mean, criminal act.”

Speaking after details of the robbery emerged, the local MLA said,

“Staff were confronted by robbers and threatened with violence and forced to hand over monies belonging to the Credit Union. This was a vicious and mean criminal act.”

Slieve Gullion area Newry and Mourne Councillor, Anthony Flynn, visited some of the members of the staff of the Credit Union following their ordeal, and echoed the sentiments of his Sinn Fein colleague.

“This was a traumatic experience for the Credit Union Staff” said Anthony,

“The Slieve Gullion Credit Union and its staff serve the people of south Armagh well. It is a much needed community service. Those who have carried out this dastardly robbery care little about anyone but themselves. This was not only an attack on the Credit Union and its staff, but also an attack on the community. Those engaged in these criminal acts must be apprehended and face the full rigours of the law.”

Both elected representatives joined the PSNI in appealing for anyone with any information about the robbery to contact police on 0845 600 8000.