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Gun-toting fake postman tricks family, takes them hostage

The family were tricked into letting the man into their home early today.
Feb 5th 2014, 6:04 PM 14,846 3

A PERSON DRESSED as a postman took two members of a family hostage in their home this morning, before making a third member retrieve money from their workplace.

The PSNI said that detectives are investigating the robbery in which the two were held hostage in west Belfast.

The family had been tricked into letting a caller, who was disguised as a postman, into their home.

Once inside, the perpetrator produced a gun and made demands for money.

The gunman held the man and a woman hostage in the house until another member of the family went to his place of work, obtained an amount of cash and handed it over to another member of the gang, police said.

The handover took place at Fallswater Street off the Falls Road at 9.30am.

After the handover, the alarm was raised and all three members of the family were reported to be safe.

However one member was taken to hospital for examination and was later released.

Police are appealing to anyone who saw a man get out of a silver car in Fallswater Street around 9.30 this morning and hand a holdall to another man, who then walked in the direction of Iveagh Street, to contact detectives at 0845 600 8000.

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