Hatchet-wielding men ransack Newry house during ‘terrifying’ aggravated burglary

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Monday, February 24th, 2020
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Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in the Talbot Street area of Newry on Friday 21 February are appealing for witnesses and information.

Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Sergeant Johnston said, “We received a report at around 9pm that three men, one of whom was armed with a hatchet, had forced their way into a property and demanded money.

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“The men proceeded to ransack the house.

 

 

“The male occupant ran upstairs in an attempt to get away and, when the men followed him, jumped out a first window floor, injuring his ankle as a result.

“At the same time, a female, who was in the house, ran out onto the street to shout for help.

“The intruders fled on foot.

 

 

“This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the two, who have been left visibly shaken.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area around that time and who noticed any suspicious activity to get in touch. 

“Please contact detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1834 of 21/02/20.

 

 

He added, “Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Newry City Sinn Féin Councillor Valerie Harte said that the incident had caused great concern amongst the local residents living there, especially the elderly.

The local Councillor said, “I have been talking to the family of elderly residents who live in Talbot street and this incident has caused them and their neighbours great anxiety and concern.

 

 

“Once again the local community has been traumatised by the actions of others.

“We don’t need this type of incident in our community.

She added, “I would urge residents of the area to be vigilant and if anyone notices anything suspicious report it immediately to the police.”

 

 

 

 

 

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