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Elderly woman fends off intruders in her west Belfast home

One of the men was armed with a screwdriver

An elderly woman has been treated for shock and a cut to her head after she fended off would-be burglars from her west Belfast home.

It happened at a house in the Springfield Park area of in the early hours of Sunday March 12.

Just before 2am police received a report that two men, one armed with a screwdriver, had entered the house by the rear door and gained access to a utility room.

The woman aged in her 70s, heard the men enter and managed to prevent them from getting any further into the house.

The men left through the back door empty-handed.

The woman was treated by ambulance service for shock and a cut to her head.

Detective Sergeant Grimes said: “I am appealing to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Springfield Park area around the time of this incident or anyone with any information to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 174 12/03/17 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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