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Violent robbers target Deal or No Deal winner's Ballymena home

A Ballymena woman who was a winner on the TV gameshow Deal or No Deal is recovering after a violent robbery at her home.

Linda Moore, who is the sister of DUP MLA Paul Frew, her husband Dale and two children were confronted on Friday afternoon by a gang armed with hammers and what seemed to be a handgun.

The men attacked Dale before making off with a sum of cash from the house at Moat Road.

The 39-year-old, who is a well-known kickboxer, needed hospital treatment for a minor head injury and other cuts and bruises.

Linda and the children, aged five and three, were not injured but left shaken by the incident.

Earlier this year, 32-year-old Linda was delighted to scoop a massive £23,000 on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal.

She walked away with thousands from the show after accepting the banker’s offer, although she later found out that if she had held on to the end of the episode she could have won £35,000.

Yesterday, PSNI Detective Inspector Bob Blemmings said: “At around 3pm on Friday it was reported a number of men had entered a house in the Moat Road area.

“It’s understood they threatened the male occupant with hammers and what was described as a ‘handgun’, demanding money.

“They then assaulted him with the hammers before making off with a sum of cash.”

Some 45 minutes later, police arrested two men in the Newtownabbey area. Another man was also arrested in the Antrim area and all three remain in police custody.

DUP councillor for the area Audrey Wales described the burglary as “horrific”.

“Nobody has the right to force their way into someone else’s home, no matter what they reason behind it is.

“It is just horrific,” she said.

“This must have been so distressing for the young children involved to witness this attack on their mummy and daddy, especially in the run up to Christmas.”

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