Belfast Telegraph

Man kidnapped in Co Antrim ordeal

A man spent almost 24 hours in a car boot during a terrifying hostage ordeal in Northern Ireland, it has been disclosed.

Mark Thompson, 35, was released unharmed near Armoy, Co Antrim, early on Friday.

He was abducted from his home at Kemmil Hill, Randalstown, the previous night after returning from walking his dog when three masked men armed with knives and sticks confronted him.

The victim was threatened and bundled into his own silver BMW then driven around while the gang tried unsuccessfully to extort money from his family.

Police detective chief inspector John McVea said: "He was threatened and as a result of that he is very shaken."

He confirmed the man, who is not connected to a bank or business, spent much of his day in captivity in a car boot in the north Antrim area. Some time later the victim found himself in a garage or shed in an as yet unknown location.

While he was being held captive, the man's mother was telephoned by the kidnappers, and demands for money were made.

He was eventually released at about 1am in a remote location near Armoy and struggled across fields before raising the alarm at a house.

A burned out car was discovered later by police at Manister Road, Armoy.

Detectives think the kidnappers stopped for petrol and want to speak to anybody in a garage who noticed anything suspicious.


From Belfast Telegraph