PENSIONER TIED UP, ASSAULTED AND THEN ROBBED BY COWARDLY BURGLAR

Cllr JIm Rodges condemns attack on pensioner

POLITICIANS have condemned a callous attack on a pensioner in east Belfast yesterday.

A 70-year-old man was tied up and assaulted during a burglary on his home in Abetta Parade shortly before 10:20 am on Sunday.

The male thief ransacked the property and took the pensioner’s car keys, stealing his car – a silver Mitsubishi Carisma.

A 37-year-old man has been arrested and is being questioned about the burglary. The pensioner’s car has still not been found.

Ulster Unionist Party councillor for east Belfast Jim Rodgers said he was “disgusted” at the attack.

“Here we have an elderly man who is tied up, assaulted and then his house ransacked before his car is stolen,” said Cllr Rodgers.

“What sort of society are we living in that pensioners are not safe in their homes. It is disgusting.

“We all have a duty to look after our elderly neighbours, particularly now with the dark nights upon us.”

Police investigating the attack are keen to speak to a taxi driver, who dropped off a fare in Union Street in Belfast city centre at around 14:30 GMT on Sunday.

The taxi driver was travelling in a blue Ford Mondeo with a taxi sign on the roof.

Anyone with information about the burglary can contact police on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively, they can speak to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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