Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Armed gang hold toddler during 'tiger kidnapping'

Police are hunting an armed gang who took a couple and their 16-month-old grandchild hostage as part of a 'tiger kidnapping' in Belfast.

The family's terrifying ordeal began at 11pm on Thursday when three masked and armed men entered their home.

Then, at around 8am yesterday, the grandmother was taken by one of the kidnappers to the post office on the Stewartstown Road where she works in her car, a black Peugeot, registration KEZ 6001.

She was ordered to remove money from a safe but no cash was handed over.

The car was later found abandoned at Corrib Avenue in the Lenadoon area.

The hostages managed to free themselves and, although physically unharmed, were said by police to be traumatised by their ordeal.

Belfast Lord Mayor Jim Rodgers said last night: "We need to ensure that the gangs responsible for these incidents are stopped in their tracks because this is a terrifying experience for anybody.

" Many people are unable to return to work after an incident like this."

One of the kidnappers is described as being 6ft in height with swarthy skin and dark hair. The other two were around 5ft 4ins tall.

Police have urged anyone with information on the incident to contact them.

They are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may also have seen the black Peugeot in the north and west Belfast area. They also believe a blue Ford Escort estate car may have been used in the incident.

Police can be contacted on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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