Elderly couple in 'night of terror'

The elderly couple and their daughter were targeted in the Kilrea property.

An elderly couple and their daughter have been tied up by armed robbers, in an attack their local MLA has described as a "night of terror".

Wednesday, 05 December 2012
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Three masked men forced their way into a 37-year-old woman's home in the Manor Court area of Kilrea after 10.40pm on Tuesday.

The men, who were armed with a handgun and a baseball bat, tied up the woman and her elderly parents.

SDLP MLA John Dallat said all three were bound with cable ties during the robbery

"Their daughter was told that the raiders knew money was in the house and if it wasn't handed over the father would be shot.

"The father tried to reason with the raiders and calm them down because they were highly agitated and there was genuine fear that the gun would be used and someone would be killed."

The robbers made off with cash and Mr Dallat added, "The thieves pulled out the telephone cable and gave warning that if the police were contacted the raiders would return and shoot them.

"After the raiders left the father managed to get a scissors and they cut each other free before alerting the police from another phone."

The elderly couple have lived in the town for over 20 years, and Mr Dallat said the community is disgusted at the attack.

He urged anyone with information about the robbery to contact police.