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Burglary victims tied up and man beaten in ‘savage attack’

Police are investigating an aggravated burglary in Silverbridge during which three occupants of a house were tied up and one beaten by a gang of masked men.

The terrifying incident occurred on Wednesday evening 25th October when three masked intruders forced their way into the house on Carrive Road around 9.45pm. 

A man and two women who were in the house at the time were threatened and tied up before the man was beaten with a wooden bat.  He sustained injuries to his legs that required hospital treatment.  The gang demanded money but fled empty-handed.

Describing the incident, Detective Constable McCartan said: “This was a savage attack on this man, and a frightening ordeal for the three occupants of the house.  The man’s injuries are not believed to be life changing at this time. While the two females were not physically injured, they have been left shaken by the ordeal.”

Sinn Fein Councillor Mickey Larkin condemned those responsible and claimed another member of the family was also threatened.

“This was a very frightening experience for the householder and I condemn those who invaded a family home issuing threats and assaulting those present.  It was a despicable act and those involved need to be caught and brought to justice,” he said.

Urging anyone with information on the crime to contact him or the police, he added: “These criminals cannot be allowed to operate with impunity. This community has suffered too much in the past and will not be terrorised by thugs who are only interested in lining their own pockets.”

Det. Const. McCartan also appealed for information: “I am appealing for anyone who was in the Carrive Road area of Silverbridge on Wednesday night and who may have noticed any suspicious activity, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives in Ardmore on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 277 of 26/10/17,” he added.

Information can also be provided anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.