Northern Ireland

Portrush: Women 'traumatised' by masked burglars with knives

Police have released more details about a burglary in Portrush, County Antrim, in which two women were tied up by a gang of five masked men.

Police said the women were severely traumatised after the armed men got into their Hopefield Gardens home on Thursday 6 March at about 22:00 GMT.

A police spokesman said the women had been bound with cable ties while the men ransacked the house.

One of the men was carrying what looked like a gun and the others had knives.

All of them were were wearing Goretex-type walking jackets: one was in red, one in blue and the others wore dark coloured jackets. They were all wearing black balaclavas and gloves.

One man was described as being in his 30s with grey hair. Another was said to be about 5ft 4in tall. The gang stole a black money box and a gold piggybank.

The two women suffered bruised and sore wrists. They were taken to hospital and treated for shock.

Detectives in Coleraine have appealed for information.

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