Maghera robbery gang armed with gun and knife

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A MAN was tied up during a robbery by a gang armed with a handgun and knife on Wednesday night,

Police say a number of males, one thought to be armed with a handgun and a knife, entered a house at around 8.45pm and tied up the 47-year-old male occupant. A second 51-year-old male arrived at the house a short time later and he too was tied up.

“The robbers took a sum of money from a safe and personal items including laptops and watches,” said a police spokesperson.

They made off in the occupants’ car, a black Mercedes. The car was discovered this morning in Brough Road, Castledawson.

“The occupants received minor wrist injuries and were treated for shock at the scene.

Detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have seen the car in the Maghera/Castledawson area last night or who has information about the robbery. The number to ring is 0845 600 8000. Alternatively information may be passed on anonymously via the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.