Belfast Telegraph

Northern Irish couple tied up and robbed in their home by armed gang

By Adrian Rutherford

A couple were tied up and robbed by an armed gang after answering a knock at their door.

The terrifying raid took place in the Banbridge area on Monday night.

One of the couple, both of whom are in their 30s, answered the door of their Chinauley Park home around 8.30pm and were confronted by three men - two of whom were brandishing guns. The gang tied them up and demanded money before ransacking the house.

They made off with a sum of cash and the family car - a white Mercedes CLA 45.

The couple were not injured, but were left shocked by what happened.

Police said one of the suspects was aged in his mid-30s or early 40s, of medium build and height and with dark brown stubble.

The second male is described as being approximately 6ft and well-built. The third male was around 5ft 5in and of slim build.

Ulster Unionist MLA Jo-Anne Dobson said the robbery was repulsive. "This young couple were subjected to an absolutely horrendous ordeal. To answer your door in the early evening and be faced with armed men is absolutely sickening," she added.

"I understand that the criminals, who came armed with a sawn-off shotgun, then used cable ties to bind the couple, after which a considerable amount of money and the family car was stolen from them.

"I know the area well and I have spoken with neighbours who are in shock at this ordeal.

"My thoughts are with this young couple today as they come to terms with this repulsive experience."

In a separate incident on Monday night, staff at a Lurgan fast-food outlet were threatened at gunpoint. The armed robbery took place at premises on the Gilpinstown Road.

In this incident, reported shortly before midnight, a masked man, armed with a suspected firearm, entered the outlet and demanded money.

He made off empty-handed and a 25-year-old male was arrested a short distance away.

DUP MP David Simpson expressed concern at two violent incidents in his Upper Bann constituency. "These were obviously terrifying incidents for those who found themselves confronted by armed men," he said.

"It is deeply disturbing that guns were involved in these two incidents within Upper Bann and the individuals involved are clearly dangerous.

"Whilst in Lurgan the gang failed to obtain any money from the business premises, it is vital that those behind these incidents are apprehended and put behind bars.

"I would appeal for anyone who might have information to ensure that it is passed on to the police."

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