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Elderly woman left 'distressed' after being held by two men as they ransack her house

By Claire Williamson

An elderly woman has been left in a state of distress after she was held in her home by two men as they searched for valuables.

Detectives are appealing for information after the two men entered the woman's home in Larkfield Road in the Sydenham area of east Belfast.

At around 10.40pm on July 30 a neighbour contacted police to say that the elderly woman came to her in a state of distress and told her that two men got into her house and held her while they searched for valuables.

The woman was not hurt in the incident.

Detective Constable Johnny McKee said: "CID at Musgrave PSNI would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of Larkfield Road, Palmerston Road, Victoria Road and Inverary Drive on July 30, and saw two men.

"Officers can be contacted via the non-emergency number 101 or if someone would like to pass information without giving their personal details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"I would also like to remind all householders to keep their doors locked and if someone calls to their door who they do not know, do not grant them entry to your home."

East Belfast Alliance councillor David Armitage said he was "appalled" at the incident.

He said: "This was a shocking crime carried out against a defenceless pensioner in her own home

“I can only imagine the distress this poor woman went through while these callous thugs carried out this despicable act. I hope she is able to recover quickly from what must have been a horrifying experience.

“I would urge anybody with information about this burglary to contact police immediately, as the people responsible must be brought to justice.”

DUP MLA for East Belfast Robin Newton MLA also condemned those responsible.

Mr Newton said: "Those responsible for this cruel robbery are absolutely beneath contempt. This is merely the latest in a long line of attacks upon our older people.

"The details of the crime that have emerged show that it was a particularly brutal crime. The thoughts and prayers of the entire community go out to the innocent victim of this offence.

"This robbery is a further good reason for introducing minimum sentences for those who attack older people in their homes. Under DUP policy, if caught, tried and convicted, the people responsible for this crime can expect to go to jail for seven years."

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