Family held hostage

PEOPLE in South Kilkenny are living in fear after another serious, aggravated burglary left a family tied up in their home.

PEOPLE in South Kilkenny are living in fear after another serious, aggravated burglary left a family tied up in their home.

A concerned Cllr Fidelis Doherty said people in the area were worried about the level of crime. “People are worrying that they might be next. It seems to happen in cycles. Bigwood and Glenmore seem to be being targeted at the moment,” she said. “It’s not nice, people feel it. Just the thought that there’s been someone in your home is very upsetting.”

The latest attack in the spate of aggravated burglaries happened last Wednesday evening. A rural farmhouse on the outskirts of Glenmore was attacked by a group of three robbers who tied up a family before stealing a car. At about 9.30pm on Wednesday eventing the owner of the farmhouse in Bigwood Glenmore went outside to investigate a noise.

A group of three men forced the man back into his home where he was tied up using cable tied. So were his wife and grown son. The robbers then searched the house looking for valuables. Failing to find anything, they settled on taking the car. The assailants took the keys and stole a black Volkswagen Polo with a registration 10-KK-491. The car was abandoned and burnt out only a short distance from where it was taken at the Glenmore hurling pitch.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who saw the Volkswagen Polo to contact them. The family managed to raise the alarm back in the house with a mobile phone and neighbours came over to untie them.

Over the course of the last month there have been three cases of burglaries in South Kilkenny in which similar tactics have been used. On September 30 at 8pm in Glenmore an elderly man who lives alone was in his home when robbers broke in and demanded cash. The assailants got away with a small amount of money.

Two weeks later a woman in her 60s was tied up in her house in Slieverue while her husband was at Mass. The raiders again broke in at 8pm but this time didn’t get away with any money or valuables.

Gardaí are conducting house-to-house interviews in the area and are appealing for anyone who might have seen anything to contact them on 056 7724222.