15 February 2006

Bank heist detectives raid home of former SF councillor


15/02/2006 - 14:10:06

Police in the North have raided the home of a former Sinn Féin councillor as part of their ongoing investigation into the £26.5m (€39m) robbery at Northern Bank headquarters in Belfast.

The PSNI would only say that a number of searches were being carried out in the Co Down area as part of investigations into "serious crime".

However, Sinn Féin confirmed that one of the houses targeted was that of Francie Braniff, a former councillor for the party in Ballynahinch.

Local Sinn Féin MLA Willie Clarke said the PSNI raided the house "on the pretence of looking for materials related to the Northern Bank robbery".

Mr Clarke accused the police of conducting the raid as part of a politically motivated anti-republican agenda.

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