Widespread condemnation for Cookstown armed robbery


The Managing Director of Poundworld has described the armed robbery at their store in Cookstown as

“extremely concerning”.

A masked man, armed with a machete was reported to have entered the premises on Orritor Road at around 7.30pm on Monday night.

He threatened staff and made off with a sum of cash, in the direction of Monrush on foot.

He was described as being in his 20’s, around 6’ tall, thin build. He was wearing navy hooded top, grey jogging bottoms and trainers.

Chris Edwards, managing director at Poundworld told the MAIL: “The incident is extremely concerning and our thoughts are with the staff and customers that were present when it took place.

“We’d urge anyone who may have witnessed the incident and has information to contact the police.”

Ulster Unionist Councillor for the area, Trevor Wilson condemned those responsible for the incident.

“This is a terribly frightening incident, particularly for the staff members involved. This is a major retail area for the town and at this time of year in particular the area would have been quite busy, so I would urge anyone who has any information to please contact the PSNI,” he said.

Sinn Fein Councillor John McNamee also appealed for information saying: “I condemn those responsible for this robbery, it must have been a terrifying experience for staff and I would call for anyone with information to come forward.

“Unfortunately at this time of year shops and also homes are open to this type of theft and I would encourage anyone to report anything suspicious and to keep an eye on neighbours.”

DUP MLA Ian McCrea added his condemnation saying: “I was disgusted to hear of this robbery. Thankfully no one was harmed and I assure the staff that they are in my thoughts following this ordeal. It is extremely important that witnesses come forward and contacting police immediately.”