A substantial sum of money has been stolen from a Co Tyrone bar which has been broken into for the third time in a matter of months, a local MLA has said.
The Rendezvous, also known as Hempton's Bar, on Newtownstewart Main Street was ransacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Local SDLP MLA Daniel McCrossan said that almost £13k had been stolen from a safe in the premises.
The bar was broken into twice in the space on two days over Christmas 2017.
Police believe that entry was gained to the premises sometime between 1am and 7am.
Mr McCrossan said the area has been plagued by anti-social behaviour.
“It is reprehensible that this local business has been targeted for the third occasion over a short space of time, leaving owners and staff feeling deflated that they cannot make an honest living without hoods swanning in and destroying everything they work tirelessly for," the West Tyrone MLA said.
“The message needs to be made very clear that these acts are nothing short of thuggery and those carrying them out need to get off the backs of the local community.
“Newtownstewart is a tight knit community that has been plagued by anti-social behaviour as of late. I would call on all relevant agencies to come together to face down these thugs and would ask anyone with information to pass it to the PSNI.”
Police have asked anyone who noticed any suspicious activity or who has any information about this incident to contact them in Strabane on 101 quoting reference number 255 08/05/18.
Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.
Iâm utterly disgusted that Hemptonâs family business, Newtwonstewart has been burgled for the 3rd time in a few months. This time breaking into the safe & stealing almost Â£13,000 in cash. Anyone with info please come forward to the PSNI. pic.twitter.com/Bt2tjq30Ac— Daniel McCrossan MLA 🕊🇪🇺 (@McCrossanMLA) May 8, 2018