Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 22 November 2014

Briefs: Gang beat teen with iron bars

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man was recovering today after being beaten with baseball bats and iron bars in an apparent paramilitary style assault in Newtownabbey.

AN 18-YEAR-OLD man was recovering today after being beaten with baseball bats and iron bars in an apparent paramilitary style assault in Newtownabbey.

The youth was picked up at Glenvarna in Glengormley by three masked men in a white car at around 7pm last night.

He was driven to Ballyduff quarry where there were a further eight men armed with baseball bats and iron bars.

He was assaulted about the arms and legs and left at the quarry entrance.

He was later taken to hospital for treatment but his injuries are not thought to be serious.









Money-laundering charge pair get bail



A FATHER and son facing 22 charges of money-laundering involving £480,000 have been remanded on bail until January 13 by Belfast Magistrate's Court.

Michael Joseph Aiken, (64), of Jonesborough, Co Armagh, and Michael Christopher Aiken, (35), of Moygannon Road, Warrenpoint, are jointly charged with using money which they knew to be the proceeds of alleged criminal conduct of Maurice Gass of Markethill, Co Armagh, and Ben Dolan from Mullingar, a brother of singer Joe Dolan.

Both men are denying the charges.







Police appeal after armed robbery





POLICE in Carrickfergus are appealing for information following an armed robbery at an off licence in the town last night.

At around 9.15pm three youths, one armed with a handgun, entered the premises at the Woodburn Road.

One jumped over the counter and forced the female staff member to empty the tills after threatening her with the gun.

Another ran into the back where he kicked down a door and threatened a male employee.

The three youths escaped with money, cigarettes and phonecards.

The gunman is described as between 16 and 17 years old. He was wearing a blue jacket, blue tracksuit bottoms with a broad white stripe and a white hat.

The others were described as being of similar age and dressed in a similar fashion.

Detectives at Carrickfergus are appealing for anyone with information about the robbery to contact them on 028 9335 1880.

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