Northern Ireland

Cyclist injured during ‘nasty’ robbery in Omagh

PSNI stock Police are investigating a robbery in Omagh's Cranny Road area in the early hours of Monday. (Niall Carson/PA)

A cyclist has been treated in hospital after being attacked during a robbery in Co Tyrone.

The attack happened in the Cranny Road area of Omagh at around 1.30am on Monday, when the cyclist, a man in his 40s, was travelling close to the Camowen River.

A PSNI spokesperson said the man was set upon by up to six people dressed in dark clothing and with hoods up.

The victim was punched and kicked before his wallet containing a substantial sum of cash was stolen and the group made off in the direction of nearby public toilets.

“The victim attended hospital where he received staples to wounds to both his arm and leg,” the spokesperson said.

“Although he did not see a weapon, he believes these wounds may have been made with a blade. 

“This was a nasty assault which had the potential to result in more serious injuries. Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with relevant information, including dashcam, CCTV or other video footage, is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 97 of 19/02/24.”