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Man 'armed with samurai sword' robs shop

A man received a slash wound to his hand during the incident, which took place in the Westland Street area in Derry.

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A MAN suffered a wound to his hand during a robbery by a man wielding a suspected samurai sword.

The reported armed robbery took place at a business premises in the Westland Street area of Derry in the early hours of this morning (Monday, 30 April).

The PSNI said that shortly after 2.10am, it was reported that a man entered a shop in the area armed with a suspected samurai sword.

A member of staff along with another man were threatened during the incident and the other man received a slash wound to his hand.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injury, but police say it is not believed to be serious. A quantity of cigarettes were taken during the incident and the alleged robber made off towards the Gartan Square area.

It is also believed that damage was caused to a vehicle outside the premises as the man left the shop.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police in Foyle on 0845 600 8000. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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