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ARDOYNE KIDNAPPING HAS LEFT COMMUNITY SHOCKED

25 January, 2006


Sinn Fein North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly has expressed concerns over last nights' abduction and ransoming of a young man in Ardoyne.

Speaking from Ardoyne Mr Kelly said:

"This was a calculated and carefully planned kidnapping and ransom demand.
From my understanding this young man was taken into a car held for a number
of hours. His own phone was used to relay the ransom demand to his family.

"After talking to friends of the family it is obvious that they are clearly
shaken and extremely upset by this ordeal. They have also asked for privacy.
Given the harrowing ordeal they have been through I would ask people to
respect this.

"Those behind the kidnapping had no consideration for the victims or indeed
the entire community who are waking up this morning to find out that a
situation this serious can happen in what is considered a area with a strong
community spirit.

"As a community we must come together and make it very clear that we are
demanding that our streets are made safe and that people can go about their
everyday business without fear of such a serious attack." ENDS



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