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Man kidnapped and beaten in West Belfast

Published 16/06/2016

The Police Service of Northern Ireland is seeking help from the public.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland is seeking help from the public.

Police are hunting masked men who kidnapped and assaulted a man in West Belfast.

The victim was bundled into a grey van and driven from the the Mount Eagles area to Ardoyne.

The attackers demanded money and threatened to kill him.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said the incident happened on Sunday but was not reported until two days' later.

A PSNI spokesman said: "At around 6pm on Sunday evening the male victim was approached at an address by a masked man who demanded he come with him.

"The victim was ushered into a grey van where a second masked male was waiting. He was then driven from the area and taken to the Ardoyne area where he was assaulted inside the van. His assailants also demanded money and threatened to kill him if he did not comply.

"Understandably the victim has been left extremely frightened and shaken by this ordeal and we are appealing for the public's help in identifying those involved."

Anyone who was in the area at the time and who noticed a grey van or anyone suspicious is asked to contact Reactive and Organised Crime detectives at Musgrave police station on 101, quoting reference 722 14/06/16.

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