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Dog for Ransom
HEARTLESS thieves have stolen a local woman's dog and threatened to stab it if she doesn't pay a £3,000 ransom.
Armagh councilor Mealla Campbell's pug Moses went missing from her home near Blackwatertown on Wednesday, January 16. Campbell reported Moses missing to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and to various shelters, dog wardens, websites, vets and shops, but still there has never been any trace of him.
“I cried for two weeks when we lost Moses and my three-year old asks for him every day," said Campbell.
To add to the family's pain of losing their pet, they have received three threatening phone calls from people claiming to have Moses.
“The first person to phone told me he has a pug and he would cut his paws off and stab him if we didn't pay £3000," she said. “I contacted the police who were able to trace the call to a property in Morcambe, Lancashire in England. I have received two further calls and one of these has been traced to a house in Belfast.
“We miss Moses every day and my child asks for him all the time but yet these people have no trouble in phoning us up and threatening us. It is really hard not knowing where Moses is, if he is being mistreated or even used for baiting with fighting dogs.
“We are absolutely heartbroken, but I want to make sure other people don't go through this as well."
As well as the theft of Moses, there have been reports of dogs going missing in Tandragee, Banbridge and Keady, and on all occasions a white van has been spotted nearby.
“I just want to appeal to other dog owners to remain vigilant, if there is a gang operating in the area then people need to be aware,” Campbell said.
Jailed for Shouting
A BALLYCLARE woman has been sent to prison for three months after shouting and swearing in Antrim Area Hospital while only meters away from the bereaved relatives of another patient.
Karen Maxwell was arrested last week just before she was due to appear at Antrim Magistrate's Court. An arrest warrant had been issued for the 44-year-old after she failed to appear at a previous hearing. A defense solicitor said that she had got her “dates confused.”
The court heard that police attended Antrim Hospital on January 3 after reports that a female was causing disruption to staff, patients and visitors. She was identified and officers learned that she had arrived at the A&E department earlier in the evening with facial bruising and a head wound.
The prosecution confirmed that a CT scan came back clear and her behavior was due to her “drunkenness” rather than the injury.
“She was aggressive and medical staff had to spend a disproportionate amount of time with her," the lawyer said. “She was shouting and swearing at staff and patients for around 30-40 minutes.
“A patient in A&E had died earlier in the evening and the bereaved relatives were only around eight meters away from her. She was arrested and continued to be verbally abusive towards police."