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Ulster Bank 'targeted in attempted robbery'

A PSNI officer stands outside the Ulster Bank in Magherafelt yesterday after what is believed to have been an attempted robbery
Connla Young

A BANK in Co Derry market town is believed to have been targeted in an attempted robbery.

It is understood the Ulster Bank on Broad Street in Magherafelt was targeted around 2.30pm yesterday.

Police would only confirm last night that they were “investigating an incident”.

It was unclear if any cash was taken but a spokesman for the Ulster Bank last night said no-one was harmed.

Broad Street, one of the busiest routes through the south Derry town, is covered by CCTV cameras at both ends.

A staff member in a nearby businesses said the incident “happened very fast”.

One woman who works nearby said she only became aware of the attempted robbery after police arrived at the scene.

“We just saw the police cars, there were eight police cars outside the bank in less than a minute,” she said.

“They were all running down (the street) to it and the bank was closed.”

It is understood a PSNI helicopter also circled the town.

Mid Ulster MLA Patsy McGlone visited the scene yesterday.

“I hope everybody involved in the bank, staff and customers are OK and not seriously shaken up,” he said.

“Thankfully these sorts of attempts are pretty rare in the area and I just hope the culprits involved are soon caught and put behind bars."

A spokesman for Ulster Bank said: “We can confirm that there was an incident at our branch in Broad Street, Magherafelt.

“No members of staff were harmed and we are engaging with the PSNI.”

A spokesman for the PSNI said: “We are investigating an incident and enquiries are at an early stage.”

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