PSNI call for witnesses after attempted burglary and kidnapping | Newry Times

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Wednesday, April 27th, 2022
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Police are appealing for information and witnesses following reports of an attempted burglary and kidnapping in Newcastle on Sunday evening, 24 April, 2022.

 

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Detective Inspector Johnston explains, “We received a report shortly after 9.30 pm that a man, aged in his 70s,  had been assaulted.

 

 

“Entry to his home was attempted in the King Street area of the town by another man.

“The suspect did not make it inside and made off from the location.

“It was then reported that a second man, aged in his 40s, also in the King Street area, was kidnapped by two males and brought to a car park in the Oldtown Road area of Annalong after 9 pm.

“The suspects demanded money before dousing him in fuel and threatened to set him alight.

 

 

“While the man was physically unharmed and no money was given, he is understandably very shaken.

“Two men, aged 36 and 31, have been arrested.

“As we continue with our enquiries to determine what occurred, I’m appealing to anyone with information about this incident to get in touch with us.

“In particular, we want to hear from anyone who was in the King Street or Oldtown Road areas after 9 pm and noticed anything out of the ordinary, including any individuals acting in a suspicious manner, to contact us by calling 101 and quoting reference number 1754 24/04/22.”

One man, aged 36, has been charged with a number of offences, including threats to kill, kidnapping, common assault and aggravated burglary.

 

 

He is due to appear at Newry Magistrates Court on 23 May.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

A 31-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Witnesses can make a report online using the PSNI’s non-emergency reporting form.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online.

 


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