Pensioner in 90s threatened with pitchfork


Three elderly people, including one aged in their 90s have been badly shaken after being threatened with a pitchfork in a robbery near Strabane on Monday night.

A fourth elderly person was left with injuries after a gang of four men carried out the terrifying raid on a farm in the Tullymoan Road area of Clady near the Donegal border.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Brian Reid said: “Just before 6pm four masked males approached an elderly man in his 70s in the farmyard of the property and forced him to the ground. As a result the elderly man sustained a minor injury.

“The four men then made their way into the property armed with a grape which they picked up in the farm yard.

“When inside the house they threatened three other elderly residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s and ransacked the property. They made off with a small amount of cash in a black car in the direction of Clady.”

The intruders were all dressed in black and wore balaclavas.

Police said the four elderly persons have been left badly shaken by this ordeal.

Det. Serg. Reid said: “I appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the Tullymoan Road area or noticed a black car acting suspiciously in the area today or over the weekend to contact CID in Strabane on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555111.”