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Pensioner hurt during 'cowardly' burglary at sister's Co Down home

By Brett Campbell

A Co Down pensioner has been injured in a "cowardly attack" which happened after he disturbed two burglars as they raided his sister's home.

The man, aged in his 70s, was confronted by two men after he entered the property in the Cloughmore Park area of Rostrevor on Friday evening.

He sustained a cut to his head in an altercation at around 7.15pm before the culprits made off on foot with a sum of money. His sister, who is also aged in her 70s, was not injured during the incident.

SDLP councillor Declan McAteer called on those responsible to "examine their consciences".

"This is another cowardly attack on an elderly gentleman and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms," he added.

"I would call on those who carried it out to consider how they would feel if this was visited upon their parents or grandparents."

Meanwhile, a man has been charged with attempted murder after a woman was tied up during a house burglary.

The 35-year-old man has also been charged with aggravated burglary with intent to steal, aggravated vehicle taking, arson endangering life with intent and false imprisonment on January 19.

The victim, aged in her 50s, was rescued by two members of the public after a fire was started in an upstairs room of the property in School Road outside Clough, in Co Down.

The 35-year-old man is also facing charges alongside two other men, aged 27 and 30, in connection with four burglaries in Ballyward, Belfast, Downpatrick and Ardglass between February 20 and 23. The men, who were arrested in Rathfriland on Friday, are due to appear at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court today.

These are just the latest in a series of violent incidents involving home intrusions.

An 83-year-old woman fell from a window during a break-in at her Aughnacloy home in late January.

Grandmother Pat Davidson (83) suffered a fractured skull, spine and pelvis after she was left for dead when four men gained entry to her home.

Days later, Robert Flowerday (64) was found dead at his home in Mill Road, Crumlin. A man has since been charged with the murder of the former teacher, as well as burglary.

And another alleged burglar has been accused of stealing a car belonging to a second former teacher found dead at her home. The body of 64-year-old May Stevens was discovered by police in Lismoyne Park in north Belfast as they were inquiring about her car which had allegedly been stolen hours earlier.

Police have appealed for witnesses to the Rostrevor incident.

A PSNI spokesperson said one of the men is described as being approximately 5ft 7ins tall, of stocky build, with short hair and clean shaven.

He was wearing a light blue zip up hooded top.

The second male was "taller and slimmer".

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