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Cashbox stolen in GAA club knife raid

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 14/01/2016

Police are appealing for information about the raid
Police are appealing for information about the raid

Robbers held a man at knife-point during a terrifying raid on a mid-Ulster GAA club.

Police are hunting three men over the incident at Watty Graham's in Maghera.

The victim was selling bingo books when the gang burst into the hall on Tirkane Road on Tuesday night, taking a cashbox before fleeing the scene.

The club said those responsible were "lowlife criminals" and added: "The victim is okay, but he's very shaken up. Fortunately, he wasn't hurt. It's the first time we have encountered any type of anti-social activity at the club. It's the last thing the club needs."

Police said at least one of the trio, who entered the hall around 8.45pm, was armed with a knife. That man held the victim while a second grabbed the money box and the third kept watch. None of the assailants spoke.

Detective Inspector Will Tate appealed for information and said: "We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this crime to get in touch.

"We would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the club car park or travelling along the Tirkane Road around the time of the robbery. The number to call is 101."

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