Pensioner suffers ‘serious injuries’ after Bessbrook stabbing

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Monday, August 31st, 2015
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Detectives are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in the Clogharevan Park area of Bessbrook in the early hours of this morning, Monday, 31st August. At approximately 2.40am Police received a report that three men had broken into a house and entered a bedroom where an elderly, disabled male occupant of the house was in bed. psni19They then proceeded to assault him with what police described as ‘a sharp implement’. Speaking to Newry Times, Detective Inspector Harry Colgan said, “He received several wounds to his body as a result of this assault. He has been taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries. It is believed that a sum of money was stolen. “I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Detectives at Newry on the non-emergency number 101. He added, “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.” SDLP Councillor for the Slieve Gullion area, Kate Loughran, expressed her disgust at the robbery and stabbing of the Bessbrook pensioner. Commenting on the attack, Mrs Loughran spoke of her disgust. “I am disgusted and repulsed to hear of an older member of our community being attacked in his own bed in his own home. “This type of behaviour is totally unacceptable in any society and I hope that the person or persons responsible will be brought before the law without delay.” Loughran said the community in Bessbrook has been stunned by the attack on the pensioner, who she said suffered ‘very serious injuries’. “I want to join with them in wishing him a speedy recovery and I would very much urge anyone who has any information that would help the police to apprehend whoever is responsible for this heinous crime to come forward to the PSNI without any delay whatsoever.” Independent Newry Councillor Kevin McAteer stated, “I am very disheartened to hear of this attack and I wish the victim a speedy recovery. I urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
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