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Pensioner (90s) assaulted as man steals his car before setting it alight in Belfast

By Claire Williamson

Published 01/09/2015

The resident was assaulted but not injured in the incident.
The resident was assaulted but not injured in the incident.

A pensioner aged in his 90s has been assaulted as a man entered his house and demanded his car keys - before taking his car and later setting it alight in Belfast.

At about 10.45pm on Monday August 31 a man entered a house in the Ballymacash Road area and demanded car keys off the 90-year-old male resident.

The man off with the car - a blue Ford Mondeo. The resident was assaulted but not injured in the incident.

A while later, at approximately 11.10pm, the car was in a collision with a wall and was set on fire in the Distillery Street area of West Belfast.

The car was destroyed in the fire.

Detective Inspector Cummings said: "The burglar is described as being aged in his late 20s or early 30s. He had short dark hair and is thought to be about 6ft tall.

"I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact detectives in Lisburn Police Station on the non emergency number 101.

"Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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