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Elderly man (80s) wrestles intruder during south Belfast break-in

A man aged in his 80s was injured after he wrestled with an intruder during a break-in at his south Belfast home.

Two men broke into the property on Cleaver Park off the Malone Road at around 3am on Wednesday. The resident, aged in his 80s, reported it to police as the thieves ransacked his home.

Detective Sergeant Sam McCallum said:  “Police responded within one minute of receiving the report and arrested a 33-year-old man on suspicion of burglary.  A sum of money and a quantity of medication were recovered at the scene.

“The resident of the property had refused to hand over his car keys and wrestled with one of the intruders as he attempted to make a 999 call. As a result, he received minor injuries in the incident."

The officer added: “Police received another report at 3.40am that a neighbouring house had also been broken into.  The older resident at that property confirmed his intruder alarm had gone off at 2.30am and he came downstairs to find that a room had been ransacked and a number of items taken.

“These were attacks on vulnerable members of our community and we are keen to talk to anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity in the area around the time these incidents took place.  Anyone with information should phone police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 105 of 6/9/17.

“Alternatively, information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."

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