30/10/2018

Thieves Target The Elderly In Newry And Lurgan

Older members of the community have been targeted in two separate burglaries in Northern Ireland.

Incidents in Newry and Lurgan saw intruders break into the residences of two elderly men.

Police said that two male suspects forced their way inside a property in Tasna Way, Lurgan, shortly after 8pm on Monday 29 October.

They assaulted a man in his 80's and threw him to the floor.

The house was then ransacked, before the intruders fled.

Superintendent Wendy Middleton said: "While the man was not physically injured, he was badly shaken. A woman in the house was untouched, but left very shocked.
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"It is not known at this time what, if anything, was taken.

"This was a despicable act, and I am appealing to anyone with information they believe may assist our investigation to get in touch."

The men are described as having their faces covered and wore black woollen gloves.

In a separate incident on Monday evening, a gang of masked individuals forced their way into a premises in the Millvale Park area of Bessbrook, Newry.

It was reported to police at around 7.50pm.

The group took a safe containing a sum of cash.

Police said an elderly man was left "badly shaken" by the break-in and asked for anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any vehicles in the area at the time to contact them.



(JG/CM)

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