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Hunt for gang after women traumatised in Portrush raid

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Five masked men who tied up two women during a terrifying armed raid at their home are being hunted by police.

The entered the house at Hopefield Gardens in Portrush, Co Antrim, and tied them up with cable ties while they ransacked the premises.

One of the men is believed to have had a gun and the others were armed with knives.

All of the gang were wearing Goretex-type walking jackets, one red, one blue and the others dark coloured.

They were all wearing black balaclavas and gloves.

One was described as being aged in his 30s with grey hair and one was described as being approximately 5ft 4in.

The men made off with a black money box and a gold piggybank.

The victims had bruised and sore wrists and were left traumatised by their ordeal.

They were taken to hospital and treated for shock.

The robbery happened at around 10pm on Thursday with police yesterday reissuing their appeal for information.

A police spokesman said: "Detectives would ask anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity or who may have any information to contact them at CID in Coleraine.

"They are particularly keen to identify the occupants of a white coloured van seen in the area of Hopefield Gardens or Portrush from around 12pm on Thursday and throughout the day.

"The van is possibly a VW transporter or camper type with windows all around and a grey-tinted window on the driver side and had a set of ladders on the roof.

"There were at least four males in the vehicle at the time."

Detectives can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.

Alternatively witness can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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