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Pensioner forced to the ground by robber

By Chris Kilpatrick

An elderly man was left badly shaken yesterday after being forced to the ground in a robbery at his home.

It happened in the Conway Walk area of north Belfast in the early hours of yesterday.

A masked man got into the house just off the Shankill Road and forced the elderly victim to the floor before taking money from his wallet and making off.

Police have appealed for information on the incident, which happened at around 12.15am.

The victim was too upset to speak when approached by the Belfast Telegraph.

Locals said the man is well-known in what they said is a tight-knit community.

A neighbour, who didn’t want to be named, said people in the area were disgusted and alarmed by the attack.

Alliance councillor John Blair condemned the robbery as “absolutely disgraceful.”

“I know I am speaking on behalf of all residents when I wholeheartedly condemn this incident,” he said.

“The person behind this callous attack has absolutely no respect for the elderly population in north Belfast. They must be apprehended and brought before the courts.

“This behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Community worker Winston Irvine said people are afraid such attacks could increase with the increasingly dark evenings coming up to Christmas.

Anyone with information can contact the PSNI on 0845 600 8000.

In May, police launched Operation Bullent in an effort to track offenders who target vulnerable older people.

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