Plucky pensioner confronts intruders

March 2, 2010

By Brónagh Murphy

Three men forced their way into the home of an 83-year-old woman in Newry on Tuesday night last, after she failed to answer a loud knock to her door.

The intruders searched the pensioner’s handbag after forcing the door to gain entry to the house in Clanrye Avenue.

Her son-in-law, Gabby Curran, said the intruders only ran off after being confronted by the pensioner, who ordered them out of her house.

“She’s a pretty stern lady and she shouted at them.  That may have unnerved them a wee bit and the three of them ran out,” Mr Curran said.

Mr Curran pointed out that the incident is the latest in a line of similar burglaries in that area of Newry.

The victim was unhurt but has been left shaken by the ordeal.

Condemning the incident, Sinn Fein councillor, Marian Mathers, said the community is ‘absolutely disgusted.’

“The only way to stop the activity of these thugs is for our community to remain vigilant, look out for our neighbours and report any suspicious behaviour,” Ms Mathers said.

“Make sure that all valuables are kept hidden and secure and be careful of who you answer the door to at night,” she added.