Masked gunmen incident in Bessbrook leaves young family shaken

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012
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Detectives in Newry are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Wesley Place, Bessbrook last night.

It is believed a man, woman and two young children were in the house at the time of the incident and none suffered any injuries but were left shaken.

Speaking to Newry Times a spokesperson for the PSNI said,

“Around 7.30pm on Monday, 5th November, three masked males entered the house and demanded car keys. One of the males had a firearm in his possession. The men, who were all dressed in dark clothing, made off empty handed.”

The spokesperson added, “Detectives are appealing to anyone who observed the male approaching or leaving the house or has information in relation to this incident to contact them in Newry on 0845 600 8000.

“If you prefer to provide information without giving your details you can contact the independent crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

SDLP Newry and Mourne Councillor John Feehan has called for anyone with information to come forward to police.

Speaking after reports of the incident, Feehan said: “This was a very traumatic incident for the family involved, especially if reports that there was a firearm involved are true.

“Apparently the masked men demanded keys off the family and were only deterred when the door was slammed in their faces. I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious in the vicinity of Wesley Place to contact the police at Ardmore PSNI station in Newry.

He added, “It is imperative that those responsible are apprehended as quickly as possible.”

Sinn Féin Councillor Turlough Murphy said that people need to be vigilant. “This is a very worrying development given that the reports that one of the men were armed.  The men demanded the owner’s car but left empty handed. It is important that people remain vigilant against intruders.”

Murphy added, “Although this is a traumatic experience fortunately no one was injured in the attack and I would appeal to anyone who has any information to bring it forward to the PSNI.”

DUP Newry & Armagh Assemblyman, William Irwin MLA stated, “This is a worrying incident and was obviously a very traumatic experience for the residents of the property.

“Hopefully local people who may have witnessed the attackers vehicles or any detail on their appearance, will be able to pass this information to the PSNI to assist in their investigations.”


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