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Man jumps from upstairs window to escape intruders

A man jumped from a first-floor window of a house in Newry in an attempt to escape a gang of intruders who forced their way into his home on Friday night.

The three intruders, one of whom was armed with a hatchet, broke into the man’s home on Talbot Street around 9.00pm.  They demanded money before ransacking rooms in the property.

In a bid to escape, the victim ran upstairs, but the assailants followed him, and jumped from a first-floor window to get away.  He sustained a leg injury in the process.  A woman who was also in the house at the time ran out into the street shouting for help.

It is believed the assailants fled the area on foot.

Appealing for information in relation to the incident, investigating Detective Sgt Johnston said: “This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the two, who have been left visibly shaken,”

Newry Sinn Féin Councillor Valerie Harte says this most recent incident in the Talbot Street area of the city has caused great concern amongst the local residents living there, especially the elderly.

She said: “I have been talking to the family of elderly residents who live in Talbot Street and this incident has caused them and their neighbours great anxiety and concern.  Once again the local community have been traumatised by the actions of others.  We don’t need this type of incident in our community. 

“I would urge residents of the area to be vigilant and if anyone notices anything suspicious report it to the police immediately,” she added.

Just last month a 41-year-old man sustained ‘life-changing injuries’ in a stabbing incident at a house on Talbot Street.  A 35-year-old man who was arrested at the scene, was subsequently charged with attempted murder.