Masked raiders strike at newly opened Credit Union offices



DETECTIVES in Fermanagh, and gardai across the border, are combining their efforts to catch a cross-border gang that has struck again at financial premises in Derrylin.

Last year, they targeted the bureau de change office and, last Thursday, at around 5.10pm, they forced a male member of staff in the nearby Credit Union building to hand over a sum of money.


The relatively new offices of Knockninny Credit Union Ltd stand cheek by jowl with Derrylin main street, near the public toilets and traffic lights, and detectives are banking on eye witnesses who have still to come forward.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed the incident or saw a small maroon car parked in the main street area to contact police at Enniskillen on 0845 600 8000 or contact crimestoppers 0800 555 111”, said a PSNI spokesman.

He added: “At approximately 5.10 pm two males entered the premises, threatened him and demanded he hand over cash.

“He did as they demanded and the two men made up off with an undisclosed sum of money in the small maroon car which was parked outside the premises. They drove off in the direction of Belturbet .

“The member of staff wasn’t injured but was left shaken by the incident.”

A spokesperson for Knockninny Credit Union confirmed that an incident occurred at its premises on Thursday last, 7th November.

The statement went on: “The incident is now under investigation by the PSNI and as such, we are not in a position to comment further at this time.


“However, we would like to take this opportunity to assure members that their savings are safe and secure and are not affected.”

The spokesman said that the smooth running of the office had not been disrupted in any way, and that the credit union was working with the PSNI to ensure that the matter is dealt with swiftly and comprehensively.

The official opening of the purpose-built premises took place in April this year. They ribbon was cut by the Fermanagh South Tyrone MP, Michelle Gildernew.

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