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Gardai appeal to track movements of masked gang behind terrifying Leitrim attack

Friday, 20th December, 2013 7:24pm

Story by Damian McCarney
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Gardai appeal to track movements of masked gang behind terrifying Leitrim attack

Police on both sides of the border are appealing for help in tracing the movements of a number of vehicles used by a masked gang who forced their way into a County Leitrim home before bundling a man into the boot of a car. 

On December 11 at approximately 11.30pm a house in Duncarbery, Tullaghan,, was forcibly entered by four or five men wearing balaclavas. The homeowner a male (aged in his late 30s) was assaulted in his own home, his hands and legs were bound with cable ties and he was bundled into the boot of a waiting car outside his house. The car is believed to have been a relatively new type Mercedes, possibly an E Class model.
During the attack witnesses noticed a dark coloured Jeep with a closed-in trailer hooked up to the jeep close to the scene. A car belonging to the homeowner was stolen during the incident, it is a grey coloured Audi A4 1.9 TDI, Estate, partial registration number 04 DL ****.

This car was recovered in Beleek, Co. Fermanagh. A number of electrical items/appliances were stolen from the house. The homeowner sustained minor injuries in the course of the incident.
A Garda investigation is underway since the report of the false imprisonment, unauthorised taking was reported and a senior investigating officer and incident room coordinator have been appointed. The incident room is based in Manorhamilton Garda Station and can be contacted 24 hours on 071 9820620 and callers from Northern Ireland are advised to use 00353 as a prefix to this telephone number.

Investigating Gardaí are working in cooperation with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Witness canvassing has been carried out extensively and a checkpoint was performed near the scene in an effort to harvest evidence.
Gardaí are appealing for members of the public to contact Manorhamilton Garda Station 071 9820620 the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or indeed any Garda Station/Police Station in either jurisdiction to assist with the investigation regarding the movements of the Mercedes car, the dark coloured jeep and closed-in trailer and the grey coloured Audi A4 Estate.

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