Community horrified by gunpoint robbery of two priests in Tyrone

Barry McElduff.
Barry McElduff.

The gunpoint robbery of two priests in Co Tyrone on Saturday morning has left the community horrified.

Police said two thieves, one thought to have been armed with a gun, robbed two houses in Brook Street, Omagh, while two men were inside this morning.

It is understood both buildings were parochial houses for Catholic clergy and the men inside were priests.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said neither man was harmed by the robbers, who made off with an undisclosed amount of money at around 9.50am.

Detective Sergeant Ian Lyle said: “The two men involved in the armed robbery are described as being aged in their 30s, with local accents and were wearing green jackets and had their faces covered.

“I would ask anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact detectives at Omagh Police Station on the non emergency number 101.

“Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

Barry McElduff, the Sinn Fein MLA for West Tyrone, said: “ I called at the Parochial House this afternoon to extend solidarity to the two priests who were robbed at gunpoint and let them know that local people are horrified at this attack.

“My thoughts are with the two priests.

“I totally condemn this outrageous criminal act and I would appeal to anyone with information as to the identity of the culprits to pass it on to the PSNI.”