'Lowlife criminals' hold GAA members at knifepoint in bingo night raid

One member, who was selling bingo books, was held at knifepoint while another raider kept watch.

RAIDERS ARMED WITH a knife stole cash from a bingo night at a Derry GAA club yesterday evening.

It happened at the clubhouse of Watty Graham’s Gaelic Athletic Club while the weekly bingo was taking place in the main hall.

The PSNI said that three men, at least at least one of whom was armed with a knife, entered the foyer of the club at about 8.45pm.

A club member who was selling bingo books was held at knife-point by one of the men while a second man removed a cash box from under the counter.

The third man is believed to have kept watch by the front door.

Officers said that none of the robbers spoke during the incident.

The club said the robbery will not deter them from fundraising:

“We are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about this crime to get in touch with us,” Detective Inspector Will Tate said.

We would especially like to hear from anyone who may have been in the club car-park or travelling along the Tirkane Road at around the time of the robbery and who may have seen something that could help our investigation. The number to call is 101.

“Alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their name, they can call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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