Family's tiger kidnap ordeal
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
A WARRENPOINT family were subjected to a terrifying ordeal on Sunday night when they became the victims of a tiger kidnapping, writes Roisin Sweeney.
The attack was condemned by South Down MLA Karen McKevitt, who described the perpetrators as "evil thugs".
Police said that at around 8.30pm, a number of men forced their way in to a house on Smalls Road, where a 57-year-old woman was ordered to visit a jewellery store in Warrenpoint and to retrieve a number of items.
During her ordeal, a 53-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were held captive and then all three victims were left abandoned in a field in Mayobridge. The kidnappers then made off in an unknown vehicle.
Police said the family were left very shaken and distressed.
SDLP MLA Ms McKevitt said: "This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the family. The entire community is in shock at hearing something as horrific as this could happen in Warrenpoint.
“This was late on a Sunday evening, when the terrible ordeal unfolded and these evil thugs subjected them to unimaginable horror.
“Everyone is relieved to hear the family is physically unhurt, but this was an extremely traumatic ordeal and they are, understandably, badly shaken. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very distressing time. I hope they can recover quickly and get on with their lives."
Councillor Michael Carr, who is current chair of the Policing and Community Safety Partnership, has also condemned the incident, saying: "I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about what happened last night to contact the police immediately as these thugs need to be taken off the streets as soon as possible."
A police spokesperson said: "Detectives are appealing to anyone in the Warrenpoint/Burren and Mayobridge areas who noticed any type of suspicious activity, including cars or vehicles activing in a suspicious way, between 7.30pm and 10pm to contact them immediately at Ardmore Police Station on 0845 600 8000. If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111."
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