Children tied up amid armed burglary

Children tied up amid armed burglary

A Chinese family - including two young children - have been tied up at gunpoint and barricaded into a room during a burglary in Newtownabbey.

A gang of four masked men approached the man, woman and children as they were entering a house in Fernridge Road on Tuesday at 1.20am.They were threatened with a suspected firearm and made to lie on the kitchen floor.The man and woman were then taken upstairs and order to hand over any valuable possessions.The man was struck on the legs several times with a hammer.All four were then tied up and taken to a bathroom in the house and barricaded in as the gang ransacked the house.Police believe that a sum of money, jewellery and a car were taken.The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are not believed to be life threatening.A police spokesman said that the woman and children, who are primary school age, were not hurt, but were left "deeply shocked".The PSNI are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

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