Iris Walls and her son David.
Iris Walls and her son David.

A Limavady pensioner who was burgled as she slept upstairs in her home of 40 years, said she is overwhelmed at the support from local people since news of the sick act broke.

Iris Walls had her purse containing cards and cash snatched during the incident shortly before 11.00 p.m. on Monday.

Police have charged a male in connection with the incident.

Since the incident, Iris hasn’t left the house.

“I was going to go down down the town yesterday, but I was feared,” she said.

Immediately after the incident, Iris said she wanted to leave her home but now she is reconsidering.

“I just think, why should I have to leave my home, my home that I’ve lived in for 40 years when I did nothing wrong?” said Iris. “I shouldn’t have to be the one to go.”

The pensioner, who recently underwent heart surgery, lives at her Gorteen Crescent home with son David, who was also at home at the time of the incident.

“I’ve had so many phone calls and people coming to see me since they heard what happened to us. It has meant a lot,” said Iris. “People are so good, and I want to say a big ‘thank you’ to George Robinson, DUP MLA, and DUP Councillor Alan Robinson who come to visit me and who have been helping me.”

Sheila McWilliams from Coolessan Community Association said: “It’s devastating that such good people be targeted like this, and vulnerable people as well.”

Colr. Alan Robinson said: “We try our best to promote the town and to instill some sense of civic and community pride. This incident is not representative of the good people of Limavady. Iris is a family friend and we’ve taken this incident personally. There should never be a situation where good people are driven from their home.”