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Dad doused in petrol and forced to rob post office while baby held captive during brutal tiger kidnapping

Northern IrelandBy Roisin Gorman
Ravenhill Road Post Office
Ravenhill Road Post Office

A father was doused in petrol and forced to rob a Post Office while his three-month-old baby was held in a car outside the business.

Police have described the tiger kidnapping, in which nothing was taken, as despicable.

The father left his  home in Castlereagh, Belfast on Thursday at 10.30am with his child and put the baby into the back seat of the car.

When he got into the driver’s side he was approached by a man and punched through the open window.

The attacker jumped into the passenger seat and doused the driver with liquid.

He then demanded the victim drive into Belfast city in the direction of Forestside and onto the Ravenhill Road where he parked his Green Volkswagen Golf in Dublin Street.

He was told to enter the Post Office with a bag and demand money while the man waited in the car with the father’s child.

The terrified father feared he and his child would be set on fire when he returned to the car empty-handed.

However, when the victim returned the suspect was gone but his child remained in the car unharmed and the police were alerted.

Police described the incident as “despicable”.

“While the suspect did not take any money this was a despicable act carried out by someone with absolutely no regard for the safety of the victim or his child," said Detective Inspector Harry Colgan.

"We would appeal for anyone who was in in the Castlerobin area and saw or heard any suspicious activity to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101.

“Or if anyone would like to pass information without passing their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. 

“We are also very keen to hear from anyone who was near Ravenhill Road Post Office around 11am on 18 June and saw a green car sitting nearby.

“Any information in relation to the movement of this car could assist police with their enquiries."

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