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Two Omagh priests recovering after armed raid ordeal

By Chris McCullough

Published 13/07/2015

Support: Barry McElduff
Support: Barry McElduff

Two priests are recovering after they were robbed at gunpoint in Omagh.

The two were inside parochial houses in Brook Street in when two armed robbers entered the buildings at around 9.50am on Saturday.

One of the two men was brandishing a gun and they stole an undisclosed sum of money and made their getaway. It is understood neither of the priests was harmed.

West Tyrone Sinn Fein MLA Barry McElduff called into the Parochial House to convey his support for the priests.

Mr McElduff told the Belfast Telegraph: "I called at the Parochial House on Saturday afternoon to extend solidarity to the two priests who were robbed at gunpoint and let them know that local people are horrified at this attack.

"My thoughts are with the two priests.

"I totally condemn this outrageous criminal act and I would appeal to anyone with information as to the identity of the culprits to pass it on to the PSNI."

PSNI Detective Sergeant Ian Lyle said: "The two men involved in the armed robbery are described as being aged in their 30s, with local accents and were wearing green jackets and had their faces covered.

"I would ask anyone who knows anything to contact detectives at Omagh Police Station. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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