Sinn Féin condemn armed robbery in Castlewellan

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Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Local Assemblyman Chris Hazzard and his Down District Colleague Cllr Stephen Burns have reacted strongly to news that a branch of the Ulster Bank has been robbed at gunpoint in Castlewellan, Co Down. Speaking to Newry Times, Mr Hazzard said; “A man armed with a gun entered the premisies in the town this morning and threatened staff before escaping with a cash box. This must have been a terrifying nightmare for customers and I can only imagine the fear that must have gripped them in such horrible circumstances. Following the stressful week that Ulster Bank employees have been enduring I am sure that this has been a truly disturbing ordeal and I empathise with each and every one of them here today.” Councillor Stephen Burns added; “The PSNI were on the scene very quickly and indeed the cash box was recovered on the Newcastle Road a short time after with some of the cash still inside. I would call on anybody with any information about the robbery to come forward to the relevant authorities.” He added, “An armed attack is terrible at any time, but with Ulster Bank staff and customers feeling so much pain and stress over this past week, this has had a hugely negative impact on the local community here in Castlewellan.”
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