Belfast Telegraph

Pensioner targeted in burglaries

Two pensioners aged 94 and 89 years have been attacked in their homes during separate aggravated burglaries in Northern Ireland.

Police said they are investigating a break in at a house at Ballyholland Road, Ballynacraig, in Newry on Friday night shortly after 10pm.

A 94-year-old woman was held in her bed by one man while another man ransacked her home during a 20 minute ordeal.

Separately, three men forced their way into a house on the Antrim Road in Crumlin shortly before 8.30pm last night.

An 89-year-old woman who lived there was assaulted and sustained injuries to her arm. It is understood the injuries are not life threatening.

A man who discovered the break in and came to the pensioner's aid was threatened and tied up during the ordeal.Investigators said he was left uninjured.

The PSNI said it is unclear at this stage if anything was stolen from either pensioner's home during the incidents.They have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Sinn Fein councillor Anne Marie Logue said she was appalled and shocked by the actions of the burglars. "They obviously pose a danger to the community so it is important that they are apprehended as soon as possible," she said.

Ms Logue urged anyone with information to contact the PSNI so other vulnerable and elderly people are spared a similar ordeal.

"I would also appeal to the greater community to look in on their elderly neighbours especially as the winter nights draw in to ensure that they are safe in their home," she added.

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