Woman left shaken after intrusion

DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart. INLM0911-304con
DUP Councillor Carla Lockhart. INLM0911-304con

An elderly woman disturbed a burglar in her own home in the latest in a number of incidents across the area recently.

Detectives are appealing for information after the report of a burglary at residential premises at the Avenue Road, on Friday, June 20.

Shortly before 11:10pm, an elderly female who was inside the house was left badly shaken but not injured, as an unknown male entered the property. Nothing is believed to have been taken and enquiries are continuing.

Alderman Carla Lockhart said, “This was despicable act on an elderly resident. I was made aware of this the morning following the burglary and I was horrified to hear of another attempted burglary in what is a very open and heavily populated area.

“It was a disgraceful act and I would call on the PSNI in to tackle this problem of burglaries that is escalating within our area. I am disappointed that to date no one has been apprehended for any of the burglaries in the area and would call on the PSNI to work hard over the coming weeks to tackle this problem.

“I am convinced in my mind that the biggest deterrent for such activity is seeing PSNI officers on the beat and I would encourage more foot patrols. I would also encourage residents to ensure their property is secured and that if they notice anything suspicious to report it to the police.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact detectives on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent Crimestoppers and speak to them on 0800 555 111.