25/02/2005

Two pensioners treated for shock following separate burglaries

Two disabled pensioners have been treated for shock following separate burglaries in Belfast on Thursday night.

In the first incident three men entered a house at St James Parade in west Belfast at around 10.20pm and forced a man in his 70’s into a chair while they ransacked the property.

One of the assailants was armed with a claw hammer and had his face covered, however all three fled empty handed.

Meanwhile in the east of the city, a 91-year-old woman was forced to stay in the living room of her Melrose Avenue home, while three man ransacked the house.

It is believed a purse containing money was stolen. The pensioner was treated for shock but was uninjured.

Police have appealed for anyone with information on either incident to contact them on 028 9065 0222 or Crimstoppers on 0800 555111.

(MB?SP)

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