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Armed gang tie up Donegal family during burglary

Gardai in Donegal are investigating an aggravated burglary after members of the one family were tied up in their home and threatened with a crowbar. (Niall Carson/PA)
Gardai in Donegal are investigating an aggravated burglary after members of the one family were tied up in their home and threatened with a crowbar. (Niall Carson/PA)

By Stephen Maguire and Conor Feehan

Gardai in Donegal are investigating an aggravated burglary after members of the one family were tied up in their home and threatened with a crowbar.

The incident, in which a substantial sum of cash was stolen, happened in the townland of Beaugh, in Malin town at around 7.30pm on Saturday.

A gang of men entered the house of a prominent local family who are believed to be in the fish processing business.

Early reports indicate that at least two members of the family were tied up during the ordeal. They are in their early and mid-20s. It’s understood other members of the family were attending a wedding at the time.

It is understood the men gained entry through an open door and they escaped with a substantial sum of money.

There were no reports of injuries, but the family were left shaken after the incident.

The family whose home was raided operate a fish processing business nearby.

Gardai have sealed off the house and are awaiting forensic officers to carry out a full investigation in a bid to trace the gang.

Locals are shocked by the raid in the normally quiet village on the Inishowen Peninsula.

Local county councillor Martin McDermott said that he knows the family at the centre of the raid.

He said everyone is in shock at the raid and has appealed to anybody who may have witnessed anything to contact Gardai in Buncrana.

“Everyone including myself are shocked at what has happened,” he said.

“They are such a well-known family who are involved in a lot of local charity work as well as the GAA and other organisations.

“Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt, but there is a lot of shock and anger that this has happened.”

Gardai are continuing their investigations into the raid.

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