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Injuries to distressed OAP probed

BY AMANDA FERGUSON

POLICE are investigating the circumstances surrounding an elderly east Belfast woman who was discovered covered in bruises and in "a distressed state" in her home.

Yesterday morning a neighbour found the traumatised pensioner in her Cregagh Road property. She was taken to hospital.

A PSNI spokesman said: "The woman was in a distressed state and had a number of bruises on her body."

Police inquiries are ongoing to determine how the woman sustained her injuries. Last night, a police spokeswoman said at this stage it was not yet clear if a crime had taken place.

Police appealed for anyone who noticed anything suspicious in the Cregagh Road area to get in touch.

A spokeswoman for Age Sector Platform told the Belfast Telegraph attacks against older people in Northern Ireland are rare, but fear of crime among older people is very high. Following the 2013 Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament survey of over 1,000 older people, 64% said they were fearful of being a victim of crime.

"It is clear that older people's fear of being a victim of crime heavily outweighs the chances of actually being a victim," the spokeswoman said.

She added: "We can't take the impact of this fear lightly as it has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of our older population."

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