Woman injured after Hilltown abduction and assault

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Friday, March 6th, 2015
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Police are investigating a possible link between the assault and abduction of a woman in Hilltown and a stolen jeep which crashed on the M1 near Sprucefield today. According to reports, a 35 year old woman was assaulted and forced into a car in the Hilltown area this morning. The car was then driven around 10 miles to Katesbridge where the lady managed to escape and raise the alarm. Later, a green Mercedes jeep was taken in Banbridge and collided with other motorists at around 8am and the driver abandoned the vehicle. A 29 year old male was arrested shortly afterwards by police and remains in custody. Detective Chief Inspector Stephen Wright confirmed that police are investigating a possible link between both incidents. “We are investigating a report of a 35 year old female being assaulted by a man in the Hilltown area early this morning and being forced into a silver Ford car. Detective Wright said the car was driven to Knockgorm Road in Katesbridge where the female made off and sought help. Her assailant also made off from the area. He added, “The female victim sustained injuries to her face and head which required medical treatment.” SDLP South Down MLA Karen McKevitt and Crotlieve Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick both condemned the reported attack and abduction. McKevitt said, “This must have been a terribly frightening ordeal for the lady involved. I condemn this attack and will keep the victim in my prayers while she is recovering.” Councillor Fitzpatrick stated, “The community of Hilltown are shocked that such an incident has taken place in the area. I would urge anyone with any information to contact the PSNI as soon as possible.”

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