Published Monday, 03 March 2014
The woman was forced to a local jewellers to obtain a number of items. (© UTV)
A number of men forced their way into a house in Smalls Road at around 8.30pm and ordered a 57-year-old woman to visit a jewellery shop in the town and retrieve a number of items.
A 53 year-old man and his 20-year-old daughter were held captive during this time and all three victims were abandoned in a field in the Mayobridge area.
The kidnappers made off from the area in an unknown vehicle.
A car later found burnt out close to the nearby village of Burren is believed to have been used in the incident.
Police have appealed to anyone in the Warrenpoint/Burren and Mayobridge areas who noticed any type of suspicious activity, including cars or vehicles, between 7.30pm and 10pm to contact them immediately at Ardmore Police Station or anonymously through Crimestoppers.
SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt said the "terrifying" ordeal has left the three relatives "badly shaken".
"This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the family. The entire community is in shock at hearing something as horrific as this could happen in Warrenpoint," Ms McKevitt commented.
"This was late on a Sunday evening, at half past eight when the terrible ordeal unfolded and these evil thugs subjected them to unimaginable horror.
"Everyone is relieved to hear the family is physically unhurt, but this was an extremely traumatic ordeal and they are, understandably, badly shaken. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very distressing time. I hope they can recover quickly and get on with their lives."
Sinn Féin Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Mickey Ruane, has said the local community is in shock following the news.
"I want to condemn in the strongest possible terms those responsible for carrying out the crime which took place last night. It takes the lowest of the low to not only carry out a crime such as this, but to target a whole family is extremely sickening," Councillor Ruane commented.
"I want to express my sympathies to the family who were involved in this horrendous ordeal, and I know that is a sentiment which is being echoed throughout the wider Warrenpoint community today.
"Once again I want to call on people in the area to remain vigilant at this time. I would appeal for anyone who has any information whatsoever regarding this crime or those involved to report it to the PSNI immediately in order to ensure that those responsible are apprehended as soon as possible."
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