Thugs rob disabled lady at knifepoint

Thursday, 2 March 2017

A DISABLED woman endured a terrifying ordeal when two masked intruders broke into her Tandragee home and attacked her with a knife, leaving her with cuts.

The balaclava-clad attackers forced their way into her home by breaking a window, and then proceeded to threaten her with a knife that had been taken from her kitchen.

Demanding that she hand over money and jewellery, the intruders then physically assaulted the woman, leaving her with knife cuts on her body. The men then fled the scene, making off with a sum of cash and a quantity of jewellery.

Now recovering from her ordeal, the victim - who does not wish to be identified - relived the horrifying attack, which took place during the early hours of February 17, to Cusher councillor, Gareth Wilson, who branded those responsible as "thugs".

When contacted by the Gazette councillor Wilson said: "I am so shocked by this incident and the way the lady, who I know well, was targeted by these thugs," he explained. "They really did frighten her so badly".

He continued, "This was a very distasteful incident and I understand the two men wore balaclavas, gloves and also had their shoes covered to obviously avoid leaving any forensic trail. The whole incident has left my constituent in a very shaken state and I know that her family are very aggrieved by what has happened."

He added, "These types of incidents really strike fear in the community and I have spoken at length to police who visited the victim and I understand CID are investigating this attack. I would appeal to anyone in Tandragee who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area to contact police."

A police spokesperson confirmed they are now investigating the aggravated burglary and are appealing to witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

"At approximately 2.05am, two masked men entered a house. They armed themselves with a knife from the house and threatened the female resident. They made off with a sum of money and a quantity of jewellery. The woman sustained slight injuries and was left badly shaken as a result of the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector Mullen said: "I would ask anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area recently, or anyone who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Ardmore Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 74 17/02/17.

Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."


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