A staff member has been left badly shaken  after cash and cigarettes were stolen in a robbery last night, 30 March, at a premises on the Dublin Road in Newry.

Detectives are appealing for information following the incident which took place at Dublin Road Costcutter around 9.30pm.

In an emotional video on Facebook last night proprietors Craig and Alistair Crossey-Truesdale spoke of their shock.

Craig  commented "Tonight we were robbed at gunpoint, we had a staff member, a young fellow just going about his day, doing a shift this evening and was robbed at gunpoint. This is just not acceptable, not only for the community but for this young fella. This young fella has opened his hands every day to ourselves and allways allways willing to help and for him to go through this tonight is just unacceptable."

Continuing Craig said they were "just so angry that somebody can come into the store, your community store Costcutter.

"We're here three years in business and in those three years we have served thousands and thousands and thousands of customers and tonight within seconds somebody has just squashed everything we have done as a community."

"A young fellow is at home tonight more than likely crying his eyes out that somebody has held a gun till his head tonight, whether it was a genuine gun or not it still does not matter. I just can't fathom why someone would do that in these days. "

Speaking about the staff member Craig added  "We owe him everything, as we owe all of our staff everything from working from half four in the morning till eleven o clock at night."

Two masked men entered the shop shortly before 9.30pm and demanded money and cigarettes. One of the men was reported to have been carrying a suspected firearm. Money and cigarettes were handed over and the men left the scene in a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf car. There were no reports of any injuries however a member of staff was left badly shaken following the incident.

Detectives are investigating, and would appeal to anyone with any information which could assist them with their enquiries to contact them at Ardmore station on 101 quoting reference number 1603 30/03/20.

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

Newry & Armagh MLA Liz Kimmins has described the incident as shocking.

“Local people are pulling together & looking after each other.

"Its shocking to hear of this robbery at a premises on the Dublin Road  of Newry this evening. Two males were involved and made off in a small dark coloured car, possibly a Vollswagen golf."

The local MLA concluded,”The criminals responsible need to be caught by the police, dealt with harshly by the courts and shunned by our community”.

Criminal Elements

Following reports that Newry, Mourne and Down Council Depot was broken into on Sunday night, Councillor Charlie Casey warned that criminal elements are taking the opportunity to continue their criminal activity in this time of crisis.

The Chairperson of Newry Mourne & Down Council said “At a time when our families, businesses and communities are facing huge challenges we have an element who continue to prey upon us. Our people are united in keeping healthy, safe and secure, and yet individuals and criminal gangs see this as a time to strike as they plunder and pillage”.

Concluding Cllr Casey said “Please continue to be alert to criminal activity and if anyone notices anything suspicious, contact the Police immediately."

The store has re-opened again this morning.

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