Northern Ireland

Three charged over cross-border robbery in Derry and Donegal

Three men have been charged after a postal van hijacked in Northern Ireland was used in a robbery in the Republic.

An armed gang hijacked the van in Londonderry and drove it over the border where they threatened and robbed post office staff in County Donegal.

Irish police (An Garda Síochána) said the robbers were armed with a knife, a hammer and a sledge hammer or hatchet.

The men were later arrested close to the border at the village of Killea.

The incident began shortly after 09:50 BST on Saturday, when the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) received a report that a Royal Mail van had been hijacked at Nixons Corner in Derry.

The van was driven toward the border, so the PSNI alerted An Garda Síochána.

About 25 minutes later, three armed men entered a post office in Manorcunningham, County Donegal, and threatened staff.

A Garda spokesperson said the gang "caused a considerable amount of damage in the post office" during the robbery.

They stole money and left in the van, in the direction of Newtowncunningham.

However, the van was stopped by An Garda Síochána in Killea and three men were detained.

The trio, who are aged in their 20s and 30s, are due to appear at Letterkenny District Court on Monday.

The Royal Mail van has been seized and is being forensically examined.