Woman, 80, left shaken after Newtownhamilton burglary
Police in South Armagh investigating a burglary in the Blaney Road area of Newtownhamilton on Friday 4th October have arrested two males aged 15 and 28.
Upon arrival at the scene a short time later, police found one suspect being detained by a member of the public and located a second suspect nearby. Both were taken into custody where they are helping police with their enquiries.
The woman, who is in her 80’s, was not physically injured but left deeply shocked.
South Armagh Neighbourhood Inspector, Lorraine Dobson commented, “I would like to convey my thanks to the member of the public who assisted my officers this afternoon.
“His quick thinking and brave actions and the timely response from local officers has resulted in the apprehension of two suspects in an incident where the home of an elderly lady has been targeted.”
Commenting on the incident local DUP Assemblyman William Irwin stated, “Firstly I am relieved that this elderly lady was not injured in this incident, however it is completely despicable that this lady has been subjected to such an ordeal in the first place.
“I am also relieved that the person responsible for this crime has been apprehended and thanks indeed to a quick thinking member of the public for holding the perpetrator until Police arrived.
“Hopefully the victim of this crime will recover from the trauma of this incident, however it is simply wrong that at a time when this lady should be relaxing in her home, a thug should take advantage and try and steal her possessions. Rural crime is something that I am continually raising with the PSNI locally and I assure the public that I shall continue to do so,” he added.
Police are asking anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have witnessed this incident or noticed any suspicious activity to contact them in Newtownhamilton on 0845 600 8000.
Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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