18/12/2019

Updated Appeal Over North Belfast Abduction

Police have issued an updated appeal for information after a man and woman were abducted in north Belfast.

The couple were left shaken after the ordeal on Sunday evening, 15 December, when four masked people forced their way into a house in Landsdowne Road. The incident took place at around 9.30pm.

The attackers, who are believed to have been armed with a knife and a handgun, spent some time ransacking the property and assaulted the male occupant, before forcing both victims into separate vehicles.

The pair were driven around for a period of time before the woman was abandoned in the red Mercedes SUV and the man in a white Ford transit van.
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The male then freed himself and raised the alarm, rescuing the woman who had been left terrified.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: "I am appealing for anyone who was driving in the Lansdowne Road, Taunton Avenue area between 9pm and 11.30pm who has recorded dashcam footage, to contact Detectives urgently at Musgrave police station on 101, quoting reference number 2004 15/12/19.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous.

"Any information, no matter how small or seemingly irrelevant, could potentially be of great significance and help us to identify the criminals responsible and put them before the courts."



(JG/CM)

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