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Elderly man threatened with screwdriver during 'despicable' robbery incident

William Smith

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A man aged in his 70s has been left “very shaken” after being robbed outside his home on Sunday evening.

Taking place shortly before 7pm on the Brookhill Road, which is situated in the Letter area between Kesh and Belleek, three unknown males threatened the elderly man with a screwdriver and forced him to hand over a sum of cash.

The men proceeded to make off in the direction of Pettigo in a dark coloured vehicle.  

According to officers from the PSNI, “the man was not physically injured but was left very shaken by his ordeal.”

With a police investigation underway, Fermanagh and South Tyrone Ulster Unionist MLA Rosemary Barton, who hails from North Fermanagh, described the incident as “despicable”.

“The elderly gentleman had returned to his home when three men appeared out of nowhere and threatened him with a screw driver, eventually forcing him to hand over a sum of money,” she said. “This is a really despicable crime, preying on and attacking the most vulnerable in our society. Everyone has a right to live safely in their own home.”

The Ulster Unionist MLA also expressed her concern over the growing number of robberies in rural areas.

“It is imperative that we have a greater policing presence in rural areas. I am appealing for any witnesses who have seen this incident or have any information to come forward immediately to the PSNI.” she said.

Full report in this week's Tyrone Constitution.

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