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White van-driving kidnappers threatened victim with a crossbow

A 36-year-old man is recovering after being attacked and forced into the vehicle in Coalisland last evening.
Mar 22nd 2014, 3:06 PM 20,464 13

A 36-YEAR-OLD MAN was forced into a white van before being assaulted, robbed and threatened with a crossbow in Co Tyrone last night.

The victim’s ordeal began at around 6.30pm, according to the PSNI.

The man was forced into the vehicle in Coalisland by two men, and driven for around 20 minutes “during which time he was assaulted and threatened with a crossbow”.

The victim’s phone was taken by the assailants, who also demanded money.

Eventually, the man managed to make his escape — leaving the van in the area of the Derrytresk Road.

Investigating detectives are appealing for information and say they are “particularly keen to hear from anyone who noticed a white van in the Gortgonis Road area at around 5.30pm”.

Dungannon CID can be contacted by calling 0845 600 8000. Anonymous information can also be given via the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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