Detectives investigating an aggravated burglary in the Talbot Street area of Newry on Friday 21 February, are appealing for witnesses and information and Newry city Councillor Valerie Harte has said it has left the local community traumatised.

Detective Sergeant Johnston said: "We received a report at around 9pm that three men, one of whom was armed with a hatchet, had forced their way into a property and demanded money.

“The men proceeded to ransack the house.

“The male occupant ran upstairs in an attempt to get away and, when the men followed him, jumped out a first window floor, injuring his ankle as a result.

“At the same time, a female, who was in the house, ran out onto the street to shout for help.

“The intruders fled on foot. This must have been a terrifying ordeal for the two, who have been left visibly shaken.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in the area around that time and who noticed any suspicious activity to get in touch.  Please contact detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1834 of 21/02/20."

You can also ring anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111

Newry City Councillor Valerie Harte said the incident had caused great concern amongst the local residents living there, especially the elderly. “I have been talking to the family of elderly residents who live in Talbot street and this incident has caused them and their neighbours great anxiety and concern. Once again the local community have traumatised by the actions of others, we don’t need this type of incident in our community.

"I would urge residents of the area to be vigilant and if anyone notices anything suspicious report it immediately to the police immediately”.

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