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Anger as 81-year-old beaten and tied up during robbery

BY JACK BRENNAN

An attack in which an 81-year-old man was beaten, tied up and robbed by an intruder in his own home at the weekend, has been met with outrage.

Police said the attacker pushed his way into the house in Antrim before assaulting the pensioner at around 8.15pm on Saturday.

The victim was then tied up by his assailant who proceeded to ransack the man's home before leaving with his wallet.

It is understood that the grandfather sustained facial injuries during the ordeal which has left him severely traumatised.

DUP Deputy Mayor of Antrim, Brian Graham, said he was outraged at the brutal attack on a vulnerable pensioner.

"This violation of the gentleman's home must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and has no place in today's society. It was a despicable act," he said.

South Antrim MLA Danny Kinahan added: "I would appeal for the community's support in finding the perpetrator of this evil act. We cannot tolerate these type of attacks in our community, particularly on those that are most vulnerable."

Antrim Alliance Councillor Neil Kelly also condemned the attack.

"I am appalled that this elderly gentleman had to go through this ordeal at the hands of a mindless thug," he said, "I hope he makes a full recovery.

"I would ask that anyone with information about this incident would go immediately to the PSNI. The person responsible must face the full rigour of the law."

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