Family menaced by armed thugs in west Belfast
The PSNI responded to what is believed to have been a report of an armed and masked gang attack on a family home on the outskirts of west Belfast last night.
It is understood the occupants of the property in Lagmore Drive were threatened at gunpoint before the perpetrators fled the scene in the family vehicle, reportedly a BMW, which was abandoned nearby.
It is not yet clear how many people were at home at the time of the incident but it is believed three young children reside in the property.
Sinn Fein councillor Daniel Baker said the incident had been "deeply traumatising" for the family.
"Masked men, carrying what appeared to be a gun, burst into a house... and put a family through a horrific ordeal," he said.
"They ransacked the house and made threats against members of the family. The thieves stole the family car before making off and abandoning it nearby.
"Neighbours and the community have rallied round the family. Local people are shocked and angry that a family has been terrorised in this way, especially when we are in the mouth of the festive season. I would appeal to anyone with any information on those responsible for this awful crime to bring it forward to the police."
The incident was also condemned by People Before Profit councillor Matt Collins who said his thoughts are with the family in question and residents who were subjected to a "disgraceful" ordeal.
"The shamefulness of the attack is particularly glaring at this time of year," he added.