Irish Republican News · February 20, 2005
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IRISH REPUBLICAN NEWS: Bank heist stash found at PSNI club
Bank heist stash found at PSNI club

The only cash yet to be recovered from the Northern Bank raid before Christmas has been uncovered at a police sports facility in Belfast.

Double standards of an extreme order have become evident following the find, which has caused severe embarrassment for the PSNI who operated the Newforge Country Club in the south of Belfast. However, no investigation has been ordered into their actions.

A search of the club was ordered on foot of information received by the Police Ombudsman’s office, reportedly from a police officer, who said he believed drugs had been stashed there.

But a search found only packets of cash containing 50,000 pounds sterling. The money was clearly identifiable as coming from Ireland’s largest-ever bank raid in Belfast on December 20th.

Despite suspicion that the Northern Bank heist must have been carried out with the aid of some inside police information, the find was immediately dismissed by mainstream journalists, politicians, and police.

Tommie Gorman, journalist with Irish state broadcaster RTE, simply declared last night the money had been “planted”.

PSNI Chief Hugh Orde was forced to speak out today following the confirmation that the first money from the robbery had been recovered.

The money recovered was only “a small amount of money in terms of the bank robbery,” he declared.

In a press conference today, Orde encouraged members of the media to ignore the find and concentrate on events in County Cork.

“Its a distraction, its people trying to take the focus off the key issue which is the operation run by the Garda and the major crime inquiry we still have ongoing.”

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