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Armed duo steal large cash haul in Armagh bank heist

Armed thieves who robbed a Co Armagh bank escaped with a substantial sum of money, police have said.

A member of staff carrying out a cash in transit delivery at the Northern Bank branch in Crossmaglen was approached by two armed men at 10.15am yesterday.

One of the men, who wore scarves over their faces, also demanded cash from a bank teller.

The thieves escaped the scene at the town's Cardinal O'Fiaich Square in a blue Vectra car.

The first man is described as being between 30 and 40 years old, about 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build and was wearing white trainers, dark clothing, a high visibility jacket, red wig, baseball cap and a scarf over his face.

The second man was in his mid 20s, about 6ft tall, of medium build and was wearing a black, baseball cap, glasses, a scarf over his face, long sleeved grey top with blue horizontal stripes, navy trousers and a tan coloured workman's tool belt.

Police appealed for information on the robbery.

SDLP Crossmaglen councillor Geraldine Donnelly condemned the robbery. She said: “Not only is the robbery wrong but the use of firearms brings a rather sinister element to this episode. People have the right to go about and work to pay the bills and not have the threat of armed robbers threatening them at their place of work.

“Thankfully, nobody was injured in this robbery and the only thing taken was money, but it could have been so much worse.

“There is a sense of relief in the town this afternoon, that above all nobody was hurt, but that relief is slowly giving way to a sense of anger, that two men could have the recklessness to bring firearms into a public area and threaten ordinary people just trying to work to pay the bills. Children are off school at the moment and on their holidays.

“There could easily have been children and young mothers in the bank.”

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