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Police probe burglary link in suspicious death of Belfast teacher May Stevens

She touched the lives of many people living in this community: Police

Police are investigating a possible burglary link in the death of May Stevens in north Belfast.

The 64-year-old mother of two was found in her home in Lismoyne Park just after 3am Sunday morning.

Her husband had been sleeping in an upstairs bedroom at the time.

PSNI briefing on suspicious death of 64 year old May Stevens in Lismoyne Park, north Belfast.

Posted by Belfast Telegraph on Monday, February 12, 2018

Police had called to her home after her car was spotted and failed to stop for officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery called on those responsible to "examine their conscience" and come forward to police.

He other items were taken but he would not go into detail. He said a post-mortem was underway to determine the cause of death and until then it was being treated as suspicious".

"What I find particularly callous is that they found the time to lock that car up before walking away," he said.

said: “At this stage we are treating Mrs Stevens’ death as suspicious. We now know that her car was stolen between 1.30am and 2am on Sunday before it was found abandoned in Glenbank Place at around 6.45am.

“I am keen to trace the movements of the car, a red Hyundai I30, bearing registration plates NRZ 3370, in north Belfast between 1.30am and 6.45am. The vehicle has damage to its nearside. I would also like to speak to anyone who has information about two men who were seen walking away from the car after it was abandoned in Glenbank Place in the direction of the Crumlin Road.

“I am investigating a possible link to two other attempted burglaries in the area in the early hours of Sunday morning – one of which was also in Lismoyne Park.

“I can fully understand the shock and devastation felt in the community today following this sickening incident, “Mrs Stevens was last seen alive in her house late on Saturday evening and I am awaiting the results of the post mortem.

"May touched the lives of many people living in this community as she was a long standing public servant teaching maths to pupils at the Boys’ Model as well as working at Newtownabbey Region College in recent years.

“This incident has left the Stevens’ family mourning the loss of a wife, mother and sister. Mrs Stevens was looking forward to becoming a grandmother.

“We take the issue of crime against older people extremely seriously and remain committed to putting those responsible before the courts. We work to prevent such crimes, to catch those responsible for incidents which do occur and to help older people keep themselves and their home safe. We understand the effect that burglary can have on its victims and want to reassure the community that we are undertaking thorough and robust investigations into these crimes.

“I am appealing for anyone who has any information about this incident to contact detectives in Musgrave Street on 101 Ext 17019, alternatively, information can also be provided about either incident to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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