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Elderly too afraid to go outdoors after north Belfast attack

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

Elderly residents in north Belfast are said to be afraid to leave their homes following a daylight robbery during which an 84-year-old woman sustained a broken arm.

There has been widespread condemnation of the attack which happened on the Somerton Road on Sunday afternoon.

The woman was walking with a friend close to the Northern Ireland Hospice building.

She was pushed from behind by her attacker who then made off with her purse and handbag.

The woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for a fractured arm and cuts and bruises to her face.

One woman said her mother, also in her 80s, was frightened to walk to her local shops alone.

She said: ”My mum was shaken up when she heard of this and I know others who are also upset.”

North Belfast DUP MLA Nelson McCausland said it was vital the person responsible is caught and brought to justice.

“I am disgusted that an 84-year-old woman should be attacked and robbed on our streets,” he said.

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