Efforts to thwart burglary land Good Samaritan in hospital

February 10, 2014

A Good Samaritan who tackled a would-be burglar ended up needing hospital treatment for injuries he sustained in the tussle, The Examiner has learned.

The incident occurred around 4.15pm on Friday when a passing motorist noticed a man acting suspiciously at a house on Shaughan Road in Belleek.  Believing he was witnessing an attempted burglary of the property, the man immediately stopped his car and attempted to apprehend the offender.  In doing so, he was attacked and sustained significant injuries, which required hospital treatment, police have said.

His attacker is described as being approximately 6ft tall with broad shoulders and of athletic build.  He was wearing a black hoody, black jeans and black boots and had a scarf concealing his face.

Following the altercation, the attacker made off on foot across nearby hills.

Detectives investigating the incident have appealed to anyone who has information in relation to a man matching this description or indeed who witnessed any suspicious persons, activity or vehicles in the area on Friday afternoon, to contact them at Ardmore on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively, anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The victim was later released from hospital after receiving treatment for his injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.


Meanwhile, police in Newry are also seeking information on an incident that occurred in the Dublin Road area of the city on Saturday evening in which a woman was mugged.

A 51-year-old woman was walking along the street around 9.15pm when she was attacked and knocked to the ground by a man, who made off with her handbag.  It’s believed the woman was uninjured although very shaken by her ordeal.

Anyone who witnessed the mugging or has information should contact police in Newry.