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Editorial: Come down hard on tiger kidnappers

Another so-called tiger kidnapping has traumatised an Irish family. Yet again, innocent people have been held hostage while a company employee is forced to comply with the demands of criminals.

The evil intent of people who will submit a girl (9) and an elderly woman to a kidnap ordeal is disturbing.

The duress of the man forced to carry out of the directions of these thugs is unimaginable.

Targeting vulnerable children and making the adults who love them carry out these particular crimes must be treated with the harshest possible measures by the courts.

Gardai must be given every resource possible to stamp out this type of crime.

These gangs must be caught and the punishment must be exceptionally severe to deter others from inflicting more fear and cruelty.