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Burglars steal rings from woman's fingers

By Nevin Farrell

Published 28/09/2015

Rings were stolen from a woman's fingers after three masked men robbed a house in east Belfast.

The victim’s hands were bound during the aggravated burglary at 12.30am yesterday as she returned to her home at Grand Parade and was confronted by the gang who demanded money.

The men searched her home and took credit cards.

The woman got outside and alerted a passing taxi driver and police were called.

East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton, a member of the Policing Board, described the robbery as “a scandalous act carried out by cowardly thugs”.

“The three masked thugs who attacked a woman in her home, stealing items that are precious to her, deserve the condemnation of the entire community,” he said.

“This is yet another such incident in the east of the city that seems to be a part of an emerging pattern. The criminals single out and attack vulnerable victims who they know will be unable to put up a defence.

“These criminal acts can leave the victims with the need for long-term support. Those living around the crime scene can also feel isolated and vulnerable and will need assurances from the PSNI that all that can be done is being done to put the criminals behind bars. Anyone with even a shred of information should make use of the police 101 number.”

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