Northern Ireland

Four men charged with Co Tyrone kidnapping

All four men, aged 29, 26, 25 and 23 have been charged with kidnapping, grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage
All four men, aged 29, 26, 25 and 23 have been charged with kidnapping, grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage

Four men have been charged with kidnapping and grievous bodily harm in connection with incidents in Newtownstewart, Co Tyrone, this week.

Two of the men, aged 23 and 29, were also charged with possession of class B drugs.

On Sunday it was reported that a number of masked men had smashed windows in the Forthill Walk area of the town at around 4.30pm. The following day, a man was found injured in the Douglas Bridge area of Strabane shortly before midday.

All four men, aged 29, 26, 25 and 23 have been charged with kidnapping, grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage. The 23-year-old has also been charged with failing to stop for police, dangerous driving and possession of class B drugs whilst the 29-year-old was also charged with possession of class B drugs.

All four are due to appear at Dungannon Magistrates court this morning, Wednesday 12 October.

As is usual procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

A second 23-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with these incidents was released on police bail to return at a later date for further questioning.