ATM raids putting rural communities 'at risk'

Connie Duffy


Connie Duffy


A spate of daring smash and grab style raids on ATMs across West Tyrone could be putting the very future of towns and villages here in jeopardy.

It has already forced one business outlet, Hughes Eurospar in Carrickmore, to post a notice at the front of their shop and on Facebook to tell customers that their ATM service has been withdrawn by the provider.

Their notice reads: "Unfortunately due to the recent spate of attacks Note Machine has decided to withdraw 24hr ATM services until further notice. Cash withdrawals can be made from the Post Office counter inside the store."

And according to Retail NI chief executive, Glyn Roberts,  there's a 'perfect storm' brewing which could culminate in changes that disadvantage the local population, particularly their access to services and quality of life.

His comments follow the third robbery of an ATM in six weeks in this area.

This latest incident occurred around 4.10am on Friday morning when a digger was used to rip a machine from the wall of the Glendale Filling Station on the Killyclogher Road, Omagh.

CCTV footage shows the vehicle ripping the machine from the wall before it is loaded onto the back of a trailer and taken away.

The service station, run by the McCullagh family, have been in business for more than 40 years. Significant damage was caused to the wall of the station.

The other robberies occurred in Killyclogher and Fintona.

Full report in this week's Tyrone Constitution...

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