‘Despicable’ robbery of Newry pensioner

January 26, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

The robbery of an elderly woman in Newry has been described as ‘absolutely despicable.’

The incident occurred on Thursday evening, shortly before 9.00pm, when two men entered the pensioner’s Patrician Park home in the Newtowncloghogue area of the city.

The men were wearing black hats and had their faces covered.  They forced the lady, who is aged in her 70s, to sit in the living room while they searched the property.

The pair stole the pensioner’s handbag containing a sum of cash and pulled the landline telephone from the wall before escaping.

Police said the woman was not injured but has been left badly shaken by her ordeal.

SDLP MLA, Dominic Bradley, lives close to the victim.  He described the robbery as shameful and urged people with information to pass it onto the police.

“This is the third robbery of a pensioner in the area in the past few weeks and is absolutely despicable,” Mr Bradley said.

“I have spoken to the police about this incident and called on them to deploy more patrols to the area.”

Sinn Féin councillor, Packie McDonald, said the robbery would be condemned by everyone in the community.

“Unfortunately this is the latest in a long list of robberies and attacks on the elderly in this area in recent weeks,” Mr McDonald said.

“I would  encourage everyone to check regularly on elderly neighbours and family members. I would also ask that everyone ensures that their homes are locked securely at night and that all valuables are locked away.

“Anyone who sees any suspicious activity should report it to the PSNI immediately,” he added.