Call for more rural policing as elderly woman wakes to find burglar in room

DUP MLA William Irwin
DUP MLA William Irwin

An elderly woman woke to find a man standing in her bedroom in one of three burglaries in Markethill yesterday (Thursday) morning.

A sum of money and jewellery were stolen in the incidents, which have been condemned by Newry & Armagh DUP Assemblyman William Irwin.

He has called for more policing in rural towns and villages.

Detective Inspector Stephen Harvey said, “At approximately 11:22am it was reported to police that two males had entered a house in the Coolmillish Road area, between Markethill and Tassagh.

“One male, described as being approximately 5’ 10” tall and of medium build, wearing a hoody and who spoke with a local accent, entered the female occupant’s bedroom where she was asleep. Nothing is believed to have been taken. The woman was not physically injured but damage was caused where entry had been forced.

“A short time later, the occupant of a house in the Ashlea Gardens area of Markethill reported to police that entry had been forced to her home sometime between 9:20am and 11.22am. A sum of money and some items of jewellery were stolen.”

In the third incident, two men entered a house in the Forest Park area at around 9.20am, claiming to be from the electricity board. They stayed a brief time before leaving. Nothing was reported stolen.

Police believe the burglaries may be linked and are appealing for anyone with information, particularly in relation to suspicious vehicles in those areas, to contact the Criminal Investigation Branch in Lurgan by calling 101, and quoting reference 438 of 24/08/17.