Belfast Telegraph

Northern Bank cashier murder relic to be saved when building is razed

A bloodstained piece of wood dating back to a murder that shocked a Co Tyrone town more than 140 years ago is to be saved when the building in which it is on display in closes down.

The Northern Bank in Newtownstewart has confirmed that the infamous relic from the murder of a cashier by a police inspector in 1871 will be retained for its “historical interest”.

The branch of the bank will close in June but it has confirmed that an “appropriate and secure location” would be found to preserve the macabre piece of local history which local resident Ivor Scanlon told the Tyrone Constitution was “of great significance” to the town.

For several decades the blood from the murdered cashier could be seen under varnish on top of the bank’s counter before it was cut from the wood and placed in a glass case which was put on show in the town’s only bank. The future location of the artefact is under consideration.

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