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MP condemns attempted robbery of security van

15 January, 2009

West Tyrone MP Pat Doherty has strongly condemned those behind the attempted robbery of a security van in Omagh Town Centre on Thursday evening.

According to eyewitnesses, the assailants attempted to rob the contents of a security van parked outside the Nationwide Building Society on Market Street. However, it appears that they fled the scene empty handed. A handgun which was believed to have been in the possession of the robbers was clearly visible on the road at the scene.

After attempting to rob the security van of its contents, the would be robbers made their get away along Bridge Street but collided with an out coming vehicle on Mountjoy Road. However, they continued with their getaway in the direction of Gortin Road.

In condemning the incident, Mr Doherty said:

"Those behind this attempted robbery showed reckless disregard for the safety of others by carrying out this vile act. It is down to sheer luck that no one was killed or seriously injured as a result of this incident. It was certainly a frightening experience for anyone unfortunate enough to be innocently caught up in the incident and I utterly condemn it."

The MP continued:

"Coming at a time of economic recession and job losses and at a time when all parties are working collectively to deliver on substantial infrastructure and inward investment projects for the area, this is the last thing that Omagh needs at the beginning of the New Year." ENDS

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