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Appeal to find 1946 All Ireland medal stolen during 'brutal' tiger kidnapping

Jimmy Heaney’s junior football medal was stolen by a gang who broke into a home and forced a woman to hand over jewellery from the family shop.

[Image: Melissa Heaney]

A CO DOWN family have issued a heartfelt appeal for help tracing a precious family heirloom stolen during a tiger-kidnapping on Sunday night.

Jimmy Heaney’s Junior All Ireland Championship medal from 1946 was amongst the items taken by a gang who broke into a home in the Warrenpoint area and threatened three family members.

Melissa Heaney says her parents — both in their fifties — along with her 20-year-old sister were tied up and threatened by the men.

Her mother was then forced to go to the family jewellery shop and hand over “a substantial amount of goods”.

According to Melissa:

The 1946 All Ireland football medal was among the items stolen during the ordeal.

The medal is fitted to a gold bracelet and has immense sentimental value to my family.

We are trying to share the story around as much as possible so that hopefully someone will be brought to justice for the brutal torment my parents and sister endured, and so that these men are prevented from causing heartache to any other families.

All three family members were dumped in a field around seven miles away, before the gang made off in what the PSNI describe as an “unknown vehicle”.

Investigating detectives are appealing to anyone who was in the Warrenpoint area on Sunday night to and who witnessed any suspicious activity to get in contact.

Ardmore Police Station can be contacted on 0845 600 8000.

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