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Masked men rob woman in her 90s

Three masked men armed with a crowbar have robbed two elderly women at their home in south Belfast.

The women, one of whom was aged in her 90s, were not physically hurt, but were very shaken by the terrifying ordeal and are said to be recovering at home.

At around 8.10pm on Saturday three masked men forced their way into the ladies’ Cricklewood Park home in South Belfast and demanded money. Police said the women were manhandled into a bedroom while the intruders ransacked a number of rooms.

According to SDLP MLA Conall McDevitt the incident is the latest in a long line of burglaries targeting the elderly.

Two weeks ago an 80-year-old woman suffered a cut lip after burglars restrained her whilst they ransacked her Upper Malone home.

Mr McDevitt described the latest incident as “disgusting”.

He called on the Executive to assign more funding to help the elderly feel safe in their homes: “We have had a spate of violent crimes against the elderly. It is almost a weekly occurrence and is becoming an increasing problem in the South Belfast area. It takes a particularly sick criminal to target these people in their homes. It is absolutely a crime of the first degree. What these criminals are doing is disgusting.

“I know people are trying to do their best to meet the needs of the elderly community but the Executive and PSNI are going to have to look at what further steps they can take to support the elderly in their homes.”

Mr McDevitt also appealed for local communities to look out for their elderly neighbours: “I would therefore urge local communities to look out for their elderly neighbours and contact the police if they see anything suspicious.”

In response to the recent spate of attacks, a public meeting is being held at 7pm on Thursday, March 11 in St Bridget’s Hall, Malone Road.

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