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'terrifying robbery' Shock after man in his 80s robbed by three masked men in Belfast burglary

Officers are now appealing to the public for help.

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Residents in Belfast’s Lower Fall’s have been left reeling after it was revealed a resident in his eighties had been targeted by three masked men.

The pensioner, who has lived in the area all his life, disturbed the thugs as they searched his living room in his home in Divis street on Friday evening.

They had already searched upstairs before making off with his money, bank card and pension card.

The tight-knit community have been left sickened by the targeting of their one of their most vulnerable residents.

Last night local Sinn Fein councillor Tina Black told Sunday World: “This is cowardly and despicable.

“The people who carried out this terrifying robbery have no regard for anyone in this community. They stole money and other valuables and this was a terrible ordeal for this elderly man. The thugs responsible need to be taken off the streets.

“I would appeal to local people to assist the police in their investigation and I commend the local community who have rallied round to assist their neighbour,” she said.

At around 7pm on Friday, November 12, it was reported to police that three masked men entered a house in the Divis Street area.

After entering, the men searched the upstairs and downstairs of the property, before being disturbed in the living room by a man aged in his 80s who lives there.

The three masked men then made off on foot from the back of the property, with a sum of money, a bank card and a pension card taken during the incident.

Officers are now appealing to the public for help.

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Detective Sergeant Faulkner said: “Enquiries are continuing and police would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the incident, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 1600 12/11/21.

“A report can also be submitted online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/."

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