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'Dregs of society' burgled elderly couple in Warrenpoint say police

The three men attacked the couple after forcing their way into the house in Warrenpoint on Friday evening
John Monaghan

BURGLARS who attacked a couple aged in their seventies in their Co Down home have been condemned by police as the “dregs of society”.

The burglary in Warrenpoint was among several house break-ins reported in recent days.

Three men forced their way into the couple’s home at Elmfield Villas.

The elderly woman was grabbed and thrown to the ground and her husband grabbed by the throat.

The gang demanded money and searched the house before leaving with less than £100 in cash, a mobile phone, three white gold rings and a leather wallet.

Police described the attack, which happened at about 8pm on Friday, as “horrific” and said those who carried it out “are the dregs of society with nothing to offer”.

On Saturday in Bangor, two men targeted the home of a woman in her eighties.

One stayed downstairs with the woman while the second was upstairs.

Police said it is not believed anything was stolen in the incident, which was reported shortly after 7.45pm.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old woman was threatened by three men wearing balaclavas at her home on Nettlehill Road in Lisburn.

The woman was confronted by the gang when she answered a knock at her door at around 8.30pm on Friday.

She was held down on her living room settee by one of the trio while the others searched the house.

They stole a mobile phone and some cash before fleeing in a white or silver-coloured car.

Police condemned the incidents and urged anyone with information to contact them.

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