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Elderly man and woman tied up as masked gunmen ransack Ballymoney home

A man and a woman aged in their 70s have been tied up while two masked men ransacked their Ballymoney home.

It happened at a house in Lisnagat Road, Ballymoney in the early hours of Monday August 8.

Police said two masked men wearing dark clothing and armed with guns, forced entry to the house at around 1am.

They threatened and tied up the two occupants before ransacking the house.

Detective Sergeant Wallace said: "The men left the house a short time later with a sum of money. Both occupants were left very badly shaken by their ordeal.

"I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Lisnagat Road area in recent days or anyone who has any information about this incident to contact detectives in Coleraine on 101 quoting reference 99 08/08/16 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey has condemned the attack calling it "terrifying".

He said: "This was a terrifying attack perpetrated against two pensioners and my thoughts are with them as they seek to come to terms with their ordeal.

"Whilst such attacks are thankfully relatively rare, there is a real fear amongst many older people who feel vulnerable even in their home. It is vital that not only are those responsible identified, but that sentences are handed down to those convicted of such crimes which reflect the serious nature of the offence.

"Proposals have previously been brought to the Assembly for tougher sentences for those convicted of attacking older people. As a society we must demonstrate that we value our older people and anyone carrying out such an attack will receive a tough sentence."

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