Drumsurn woman describes attack horror

A distraught Drumsurn woman has spoken of her terrifying ordeal after being hit on the head by an attacker at her home.

The woman, preferring not to be named, claimed the late night attack happened at her home in the centre of the village last Tuesday around 12.30am. The woman, left badly shaken, said the ordeal has left her like “a prisoner in my own home”.

“I just feel so scared,” she said.

The woman said she heard someone trying to open her back door at around 11.20pm. When she was in bed, at around 12.30am, she heard knocking. When she went to open the door, she called out to ask who it was.

“A woman said, ‘It’s me’. I thought it was my neighbour. As I opened the door I just mind this flash - it could have been a torch - and I was on my knees. I don’t know if it was the shock, but my wrist alarm went off. That saved my life and everyone should have one.”

The woman called a relative who contacted police.

“I’m in a terrible way. I never want to open the door again,” she said.

Sinn Féin councillor Brenda Chivers said: “This attack follows an increase of burglaries in the rural areas, especially in farm yards which is quite alarming. I am urging people to be very careful who they open the door to at night and I am calling on people to look out for your neighbours especially the elderly and people living alone.

“I have been in contact with the PSNI and have called on them to increase the police presence in the village. I will also be raising the possibility of a crime prevention drive in the area in the coming months in order to deter these thieves.”