Saturday 24 February 2018

Pensioners tied to chairs by masked raiders during burglary - reports shots fired

The incident happened in the Donaghbrook Drive area of Ballymoney, Co Antrim on Monday
The incident happened in the Donaghbrook Drive area of Ballymoney, Co Antrim on Monday

Three masked and armed men broke into an Antrim home, tied and bound the elderly residents and hit one of them over the head.

The incident happened in Ballymoney and there were also reports of shots being fired in the area at the time. Although police are working to establish if the two incidents were linked.

Police said the burglary happened in the Donaghbrook Drive area of Ballymoney on Monday just after 9.30pm.

The elderly couple, aged in their 70s, were left badly shaken while the man needed hospital treatment after he was hit over the head.

A substantial sum of money was taken before the thieves fled in a car.

DC Brennan added: “The man managed to break free and release the woman who then went to a neighbour’s house. There were also reports of shots fired coming from the Ballybrakes area at around this time and I am appealing to anyone who may have heard a sound like shots, to contact us.

"We are also appealing to anyone that may have witnessed any suspicious activity or vehicles in the area to contact Detectives at Coleraine Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1298 of the 10/04/17. Or, alternatively if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said: "It is extremely disturbing and worrying that a masked gang broke into a home and assaulted the owners by tying them up and then stealing substantial amounts of cash. 

"Gunshots are also believed to have been heard last night at the time incident took place, which the Police are investigating. Those responsible are creating a sense of fear and I utterly condemn their behaviour.

"This incident was undoubtedly a frightening experience for the family involved and I unreservedly condemn this attack on a local family. It was a vile attack carried out by people who have no regard for those in the community.  I would urge anyone with information to give all assistance to the police so that those responsible can be brought before the courts."

Belfast Telegraph

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