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Elderly man 'stabbed with hook' during home burglary

Published 02/09/2015

The PSNI has heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and want to speak to others
The PSNI has heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and want to speak to others

An elderly man may have been stabbed with a hook during a burglary in Co Armagh, police said.

The victim, in his 70s, sustained serious injuries in the attack at his home in Clogharevan Park, Bessbrook .

PSNI Detective Inspector David Henderson said: "The elderly, vulnerable victim of this horrendous crime was in bed at around 2.30am on Monday morning when three men burst into his room.

"They ransacked the bedroom and attacked him with a sharp implement, possibly a hook."

He sustained multiple serious stab wounds and remains in a critical condition in hospital.

Police have heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and want to speak to others.

Mr Henderson said: "We know from CCTV that there were several vehicles travelling on the McShanes Road at around the time the three men made their escape from the gentleman's home.

"I would like to appeal specifically to any motorist who was travelling on that stretch of road between 1.30am and 3.30am and who may have seen the three men or anything else that could be useful to investigators.

"This was a vile and terrifying attack on a vulnerable man in his own home, in the dead of night, and we want to identify the callous criminals responsible and bring them to justice."

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