Man assaulted and held at gunpoint in Newry incident

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
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Detectives in Newry are appealing for information after a man was held at gunpoint in his car in the Monaghan Row area yesterday evening, Monday 3rd March.

Shortly after 8:15pm, it was reported that a man was parked in a car outside premises in the area when an unknown man entered his vehicle.

The man is believed to have have produced a suspected handgun from his waistband when in the car. As the man made off from the scene, it is believed the driver may have been struck in the face during the incident.

The man involved is described as 5″6 tall, dark hair, light facial hair, aged in his 20’s, spoke with an Eastern European accent and it is believed the man received facial injuries as a result of the incident. Police have said that enquiries are continuing.

SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Dominic Bradley described the incident as “shocking”.

Speaking to Newry Times, Bradley said, “This is a very shocking incident and I am sure the driver is badly shaken and traumatised by what happened. It is despicable to think anyone could be so brazen and subject anyone to such terror.

“I am sure I speak for the community when I say I hope the police are able to apprehend the assailant as soon as possible, because we can’t have gun-wielding criminals running loose on our streets. Those days are long gone and no one wants to see them making a return in any community.

The local SDLP MLA added, “I would urge anyone who saw anything in the area last night they think could help catch this person to contact the police immediately.”

Anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information is asked to contact CID in Ardmore Police Station on 0845 600 8000. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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