Trust to review security measures at local care home

November 17, 2014

The Southern Trust has said it will review security arrangements at a local care home “to ensure every precaution is in place to keep residents and staff as secure as possible.”

The pledge came after the Cloughreagh House care home in Bessbrook became the target of a burglary last week, prompting concerns about security measures at the facility, which houses 34 elderly residents.

The unsettling incident happened in the early hours of last Tuesday morning.  It is understood a member of staff alerted police after disturbing the intruder – a young male, believed to be in his 20s, in the sluice room of the premises. He fled the scene when discovered and it is not believed anything was taken.

The break-in has caused great anxiety and concern among residents, their families and the wider community.

Local Sinn Fein MLA described the incident as “appalling” and said he had written to the authorities to question security procedures at the home.

“The local community are angry and concerned that a home caring for elderly residents has been violated,” he said.

“I also have written to the Southern Trust and the PSNI asking them about current security arrangements in place and requesting they are reviewed and further deterrents to thieves put in place.”

Mr Brady appealed for anyone with any information at all as to who was involved in this “dastardly deed” to contact the PSNI.

A Southern Trust spokesperson confirmed that it is co-operating fully with the police investigation into the matter and that both residents and families had been informed about the incident while security measures are under review.