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Man in his 80’s pinned to his bed during burglary at Banbridge home

Detectives are investigating the report of an aggravated burglary in Banbridge yesterday evening (Saturday, 20th February).

A report was made to police at 7pm that two men forced entry to a house in Granville Gardens.

The occupant, a man aged in his eighties, was upstairs when the two suspects entered his bedroom. One of the suspects is described as being of a heavy build; the other of a thin build. The heavier of the two pinned the victim on his bed and, as he tried to defend himself, the victim was injured in a struggle, sustaining cuts to his arm.

The suspects made off with the victim's wallet, gardening equipment and two phones.

The victim was taken to hospital following the attack.

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said: "This was a nasty, despicable attack on the victim. The suspects chose to attack a vulnerable man and subjected him to a horrendous ordeal. It must have been terrifying for him.

"I'm appealing to anyone who knows any information about this disgusting crime to get in touch with our detectives in Lurgan on 101, and quote reference number 1584 of 20/02/21."

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