Northern Ireland

Three arrested after kidnap and robbery

Building where the hostages were found
Image caption The kidnapped woman and teenager were held in an isolated property in County Monaghan

Three people have been arrested following a kidnapping and robbery in Belfast on Wednesday.

A man, his 16-year-old son and his partner, were having dinner when masked men broke in and held them at gunpoint.

The teenager and the woman were taken to Co Monaghan in the Irish Republic. The man, a security van driver, was ordered to get money from work.

A 35-year-old man was arrested in Belfast. In Newry, a 63-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman were arrested.

Police will not say how much was handed over, but it is thought to be about £200,000.

It was handed over at Muckamore industrial estate outside Antrim town on Thursday.

Up to 10 men were involved in the kidnapping, police said.

The woman and teenage boy were taken from Belfast to Mullyash, near Castleblayney, in the back of a van. They were then locked in a shed.

The kidnappers then set the van alight. The fire was spotted by someone in the area who contacted Irish police.

The woman and teen were found at about 20:00 BST on Thursday, 24 hours after the gang first entered their west Belfast home.

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