Outrage after ‘deplorable’ gang target woman in her 80s in her own home

Outrage after ‘deplorable’ gang target woman in her 80s in her own home

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman in her 80s was targeted by a gang of burglars.

Three masked men forced their way into the woman’s home in the Glenvarna area of Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim on Saturday evening.

After answering the door, one of the men pushed the woman back and held her while the other two searched the house.

The woman was shaken but unhurt during the incident, during which the men made off with a sum of money.

A PSNI spokesman described the incident as ‘deplorable’.

“This was a deplorable act by unscrupulous individuals preying on a vulnerable lady and detectives are asking for the public’s assistance to help apprehend those responsible,” they said.

Meanwhile councillors for the area have hit out at the burglary, with Mark Cosgrove of the Ulster Unionist Party branding the perpetrators ‘evil’.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1349 27/10/18.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.