A WOMAN endured a terrifying ordeal in Omagh when she was confronted in broad daylight by an armed mugger who slashed her clothing with a knife.
It is understood the victim fled from the scene where she was threatened – along the walkway between Winter’s Grove and Winter’s Garden on the Hospital Road – with a cut to her tights.
Described as ‘well built’ and wearing a hoodie, the mugger targeted the woman between 6-6.30pm on Wednesday (June 13) demanding cash from her as he brandished the knife.
As news of the attack emerged on social media, local people expressed their concerns and fears – fears which are shared by the councillor for the area Chris Smyth.
He said the walkway was mainly used by residents living in the immediate vicinity.
“Definitely, it’s very alarming to hear of any type of attack like this. The Hospital Road is generally a very quiet, safe and peaceful place to live,” said the Ulster Unionist councillor.
“That walkway is the sort of place which is really only used by people living in that area, so it will be concerning for those people living in the Winter’s Grove and Winter’s Garden areas.
“My thoughts and prayers are with this woman and her family and I just hope that she will recover from the shock which this has undoubtedly caused.
“We have heard plenty about the rise in knife crime in parts of England and thankfully we have remained relatively immune here. The problem is that knives are so easy to get, they are almost uncontrollable, anyone can get their hands on a knife.
“But the one thing I am sure of, is that the community on the Hospital Road will not allow this type of crime to creep into the area, and I would urge anyone with any information to come forward to the police and help put this man behind bars. It’s important we make an example of anyone guilty of knife crime.”
Police have put forward a comprehensive description of the mugger.
Detective Constable McKenna said, “It is believed a man approached a woman in the area of the walkway between Winter’s Grove and Winter’s Garden between 6-6.30pm on Wednesday evening demanding money.
“We are particularly keen to speak with a male who has been described as tall, well-built, wearing a dark hoody, black trousers and grey trainers and in possession of a knife.”
The detective added, “I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or who has any information to contact detectives in Omagh on 101 quoting reference 1123 13/06/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”