Armed car-jacking condemned

May 7, 2013

Locals enjoying last Friday’s monthly fair in Crossmaglen were shocked to witness a vicious armed car-jacking incident take place in the town’s Square.  Around midday on Friday two men, one brandishing a gun, forced the driver of a jeep from his vehicle, before fleeing in the stolen car through the town, which was thronged with people attending the fair.

The men were travelling in a silver car which was rammed by another vehicle from behind on Newry Street.  It is believed the pair had earlier been involved in an assault on an individual in the Culloville area.

Sinn Fein Councillor, Terry Hearty condemned those responsible,

“This was a shocking incident for the driver and passenger of the jeep and for other onlookers.  This incident took place on the busiest day of the month in Crossmaglen as the monthly fair was underway on the Square.

“The community group United Ireland – Crossmaglen Creggan Upper was also launching their campaign and opening their office at the time, which added to the volume of people in the town.

The councillor added that eye witnesses had informed him the men hijacked the jeep at gun point.

“I want to condemn outright this incident which could have resulted in loss of life.  These men have very little regard for the people of Crossmaglen and I hope that the police catch them and return the jeep to its rightful owner.”

Police in Newry have since recovered the stolen vehicle and appealed for information to assist in the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact CID in Ardmore Police Station on 0845 600 8000.