POLICE have branded burglars who assaulted a man and woman in their 70s in their home as the “dregs of society”.
Three intruders forced their way into the couple’s home at Elmfield Villas in Warrenpoint, Co Down, at about 8 pm on Friday.
The woman was grabbed and thrown to the ground and her husband grabbed by the throat as the burglars demanded money.
They searched the house and fled with less than £100 in cash, a mobile phone, three white gold rings and a wallet.
The local PSNI said on Facebook: “This was a horrific attack and this elderly couple endured a frightening and violent violation of their home.
“The individuals who carried out this attack are the dregs of society with nothing to offer and all to take.
“These people need to face the full rigor of the law.”
They have appealed for anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Elmfield area or the Upper Dromore Road area of Warrenpoint to contact them at Ardmore police station on the 101 number or on Crimestoppers freephone 0800 555 111.