THE son of a local woman who was mugged in Strabane recently has branded the perpetrators as “scumbags”.
Aidy Farmer was speaking out on social media just hours after the 66-year-old was assaulted on Bridge Street, between 1am and 1.30am on Sunday, June 25.
“Did anyone notice a car sitting across the road from Riverview Chippy in the Bridge End in the early hours this Sunday around 1am – 1.30am with four men in it?” Mr Farmer asked.
“These brave men jumped out of the car and mugged my 66-year-old mother on her way home, taking her handbag and purse etc.
“Please let me know if anyone saw anything or these men sitting in the car around this time. Thanks! #scumbags.”
Mr Farmer also thanked the people of the town for their support of the victim in the aftermath of the robbery.
This week, Sinn Féin MLA, Michaela Boyle said that locals are shocked and disgusted at the incident.
“I would firstly extend my heartfelt sympathy to the victim of this robbery and hope that she can recover from the deeply traumatic experience she has been subjected to, at the hands of the cowards involved,” she said.
“There was believed to be four assailants involved who were lying in wait in a silver coloured car parked on the lay-by at Bridge Street waiting to target anyone they perceived to be vulnerable coming over the bridge from the town centre.
“Two of the assailants got out of the car and chased the victim from Bridge Street down the path at the back of Waterside Street where they grappled and stole her handbag containing her purse before making off again towards the awaiting car.
“People are absolutely disgusted about what has happened to this lady who is both well-known and well respected in the local community. It is also the case that, like any other urban area, we have our fair share of anti-social problems but such an on-street robbery has been virtually unheard of. This has added to the shock locally.”
Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the incident, or anyone who was in the area at the time and noticed anything suspicious, to contact them on 101 quoting reference 106 of 25/06/17.
Alternatively, information can be passed to Police through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.