Sinn Féin condemns Hilltown and Rostrevor burglaries

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Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
Sinn Féin Councillor Mick Murphy and South Down MLA Caitríona Ruane have condemned those involved in carrying out a number of burglaries in the Hilltown and Rostrevor areas over the weekend. Speaking to Newry Times, Murphy said that people in the locality were shocked. “Obviously the PSNI are at a very early stage of their investigation and details on the ground are still fairly sketchy. “What I do want to say however, is that these burglaries must be condemned from the outset. These people look to have been professional and may even have local knowledge of the area. “There have been a total of five robberies over the course of the weekend, and just last week a woman returned home to find an intruder in her kitchen. This type of incident is unacceptable and I know the community in this area are totally disgusted at what has taken place. Murphy added, “Our thoughts are with those people who suffered as a result of these robberies. I would appeal to anyone with information to make it available to the PSNI.” Caitríona Ruane called on people to be extra vigilant. “I would ask that residents in the area keep on alert and be on the lookout for any suspicious activity whatsoever. I would also ask that local people keep an eye on neighbours, especially the elderly and vulnerable. She added, “Homeowners should also ensure at to secure all doors and windows thoroughly at night and when leaving the home unattended.”
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