Limavady Councillors condemn street robbery

COUNCILLORS have condemned a recent street robbery in the Blackburn Path area of Limavady

Police are appealing for information following the incident which occurred sometime between 8.00pm and 8.30pm, on Wednesday October 3.

The victim was walking along the Blackburn Path when he was approached by two men.

One of the men produced a small penknife and demanded money.

He then handed over a sum of money to the two men.

It is understood the victim was not injured during this incident, however he was left very badly shaken.

Police have confirmed one man was arrested and has been released on bail.

SDLP Councillor John Deighan described the incident as “very worrying.”

He said: “This could have been a fatality but thankfully it wasn't.

“The Blackburn Path is an area where there isn't much traffic or many people so it lends itself towards this type of anti social behaviour.”

He continued: “It is very worrying that you can't walk here without the fear of this happening again and it's also very worrying that these people find this type of behaviour acceptable.

“It is important that police will do what they have to do to sort it.”

DUP Councillor, Alan Robinson also condemned the street crime saying: “Thankfully incidents on this path are quite rare – we have had two incidents of murder before so I'm glad we are not looking at something more tragic this time.

“My thoughts are with the individual who was approached and demanded money from. “We wish him recovery after this traumatic ordeal.”

Following the incident, a 23 year old man was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

He has since been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Constable Stephen Kavanagh would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident to contact Police at Limavady on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 722 04/10/18.

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100 percent anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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