Call for witnesses as man kidnapped and beaten in van


Detectives are investigating a kidnapping incident alleged to have taken place in the west Belfast area at the weekend.

The incident, which was reported to police on Tuesday, is believed to have occurred in Mount Eagles, in the far south-west of the city, on Sunday.

The PSNI said that at around 6pm on Sunday evening the male victim was approached at an address by a masked man who demanded he come with him.

The victim was ushered into a grey van where a second masked male was waiting.

He was then driven from the area and taken to the republican-dominated Ardoyne area where he was assaulted inside the van.

His assailants also demanded money and threatened to kill him if he did not comply.

Anyone who was in the Mount Eagles and Ardoyne areas on Sunday evening and who noticed a grey van or anyone suspicious is asked to contact Reactive and Organised Crime detectives at Musgrave police station on 101, quoting reference 722 14/06/16.”

If someone would prefer to provide information without giving their name they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.