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Outrage over robbery of vulnerable elderly woman in rural home

Police have described the robbery of a woman in her 90s in her Co Fermanagh home as a
Police have described the robbery of a woman in her 90s in her Co Fermanagh home as a "despicable" crime
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Police have described the robbery of a woman in her 90s in her Co Fermanagh home as a "despicable" crime.

It happened shortly before 5pm on Tuesday at Main Street in Lack.

A small amount of cash was taken.

The pensioner was inside the house but was not injured.

PSNI Detective Constable Joanne Halliday said: "It is despicable that an older and vulnerable person should have been targeted in this way.

"We are appealing to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact detectives."

Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton said it was a sad day for society when an elderly woman in her 90s is robbed in a quiet village.

"I know the lady very well and I'm saddened an elderly lady has to experience such an ordeal of being robbed," she said.

"This is generally a good, quiet area where people like to support each other.

"I would ask that anyone with information to contact the police on this matter."

PSNI figures show there are an average of three break-ins every day involving victims aged 65 or over.

Commissioner for Older People Eddie Lynch said such attacks have a huge impact on the victim, their family and older people.

He added: "I'm really saddened to hear about the latest robbery of this older lady in her own home, a place where she should feel safe.

"Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic experience for anyone, but there are particular factors that make older people more vulnerable to the effects of crime.

"Older people have an increased fear of crime, a higher rate of physical and mental impairment and disability, are more likely to live alone and often lack the strong support networks of younger age groups.

"It is so important that older people feel confident that the perpetrators will be brought to justice and I sincerely hope that this happens to the person responsible for this crime."

Mr Lynch yesterday launched a report titled Crime and Justice: The Experience of Older people in Northern Ireland. It calls for major changes in the way the criminal justice system deals with elderly victims of crime.

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