Gang attacks man in his home while kids are upstairs

Gang attacks man in his home while kids are upstairs

7 March 2018

TWO men were battered with sticks after a four-man gang forced their way into a house in Killyleagh last week.

The shocking incident happened around 10.30pm last Wednesday at Irish Street where three young children were in an upstairs room at the time with their mother.

One of the men, who was the partner of the young woman, sustained a broken arm and bruising to his hip, while the second man, believed to be in his 40s, sustained a cut to his chin and bruising to his head.

During the incident, which police have described as an aggravated burglary, an internal door in the house and a television were damaged. The four-man gang made off on foot.

Local councillor Billy Walker has condemned those responsible, describing them as “thugs.”

“This type of incident gives Killyleagh a bad name,” he said. “No one wants this activity in the town and I would appeal to those involved in such behaviour to get off the backs of local people.

“What happened was thuggish behaviour and I am pleased the young mum and her three children were not caught up in this terrifying incident. People are outraged at what happened and I would appeal to anyone who can assist police with their enquiries to do so.

“This thuggery needs to stop. Attacks of this nature have no place in any civilised society and must stop. No one wants this kind of behaviour carried out by thugs intent on causing harm.”

Cllr Walker said he hopes those responsible will be apprehended to ensure there is no repeat of what happened in a quiet part of the town last week.

He added: “ There are many people doing a lot of good in Killyleagh, working away quietly behind the scenes to help put the town on map. We are grateful for everything they do and are determined that what happened in Irish Street last week will not take away from this.”

Cllr Terry Andrews described the attack as “totally out of order” and said no one deserved to be attacked in such a manner.

“This incident will be rightly condemned and people in the town are shocked something like this could happen. It is shocking something so brutal could happen in a home where there was a mum and her three young children,” he said.

Cllr Andrews also appealed to anyone who knows anything about the incident to contact the police so those responsible can be apprehended.

Detectives have issued an appeal for information and are keen to hear from anyone who may be able to help them with their enquiries.

They are particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident or saw men acting suspiciously in the Irish Street area on Wednesday evening of last week.

Anyone who can assist police is asked to contact detectives using the 101 non-emergency number quoting reference 1470 of 28/02/18, or use the confidential Crimestoppers number which allows information to be passed anonymously. The number is 0800 555 111.