Teen girl held at gunpoint by masked men in County Armagh

Teen girl held at gunpoint by masked men in County Armagh

A teenage girl was held at gunpoint in Markethill, County Armagh, by a masked gang yesterday.

The incident happened after a masked gang, believed to be involved in cross-border burglaries, were involved in a collision between the Vauxhall Insignia they were driving and a Ford close to the junction of the Redrock Road.

The Vauxhall had been reported stolen in the Republic of Ireland. A female driver of the Ford was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries which are not thought to be life-threatening.

The gang then approached the property the teen was in on the Seagahan Road yesterday afternoon just before 5pm. 

Police said four men approached the rear of the house on the Seagahan Road and pointed a gun at the girl inside through the kitchen window.

They asked her to open the back door. After she refused, they smashed a glass panel the door and gained entry to the house. Again, they pointed a gun at her, demanding her car keys.

They took her white Ford Fiesta and her mobile phone. Her car was later recovered in the Republic of Ireland and has been taken away for examination. 

Shortly before 6pm yesterday evening entry was forced to a house on Damoily Road, Markethill. A number of items of jewellery, watches and a legally held firearm were stolen.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incidents or anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives in Lurgan by calling 101 quoting reference number 868 or 954 of 11/10/16. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.