Colum Eastwood condemns 'disgusting' burglary of older woman in Derry, appeals for witnesses

Colum Eastwood has described an assault on an elderly woman during a burglary in Derry this morning as a 'disgusting incident' and urged witnesses to come forward.

Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 5:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 2nd November 2021, 5:42 pm

He was speaking after a woman in her 80s was left terrified after being assaulted and having duct tape placed over her eyes and wrists by a burglar in the Ballynasilloe area.

Police received a report of the incident at approximately 11am on Tuesday.

The victim managed to make her way out of the house and signal for help before the male burglar made off with her purse and handbag, the PSNI said.

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Colum Eastwood

Mr. Eastwood said: "This is a disgusting incident and it comes as a real shock to many in the area. The protection of our elderly should be paramount in our society, and this incident which happened in broad daylight will send shockwaves through our community. Crime against our elderly community should be taken very seriously and those responsible should face appropriate punishment.

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“I would appeal to anyone who has any information on what has happened to contact the PSNI.”