Children tied up amid armed burglary

Published Tuesday, 08 April 2014
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A Chinese family - including two young children - have been tied up at gunpoint and barricaded into a room during a burglary in Newtownabbey.

Children tied up amid armed burglary
A police car and a forensic officer at the scene of the incident. (© Pacemaker)

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.

© UTV News
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4 Comments
Susan skillen in Belfadt wrote (177 days ago):
Hard working people being attacked and robbed, tying up young children absolutely terrible.
where have all the police gone in ards wrote (177 days ago):
peter in Newtownabbey, we have no police to do check points, I bet if you check how many police are on duty at night in newtownabbey it would shock you, more cut backs.
Peter in Newtownabbey wrote (177 days ago):
More police checkpoints in the night pleaseeeee.......!!!
con in Newtownrobbery wrote (177 days ago):
is it just me or is there a rash of such robberies in this area and SE antrim. What type of a gang would do such a thing? Answers on a postcard. PSNI if u don't know who carries out such robberies Ur Very Foolish.
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