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Elderly man slashed with hook as burglars ransack bedroom

The vulnerable victim was in bed at around 2.30am when three men burst into his room.

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DETECTIVES IN ARMAGH are appealing for information after an elderly man in the village of Bessbrook was injured in an attack in the early hours of Monday morning.

The man – aged in his seventies – sustained serious injuries in the attack at his home in Clogharevan Park.

“The elderly, vulnerable victim of this horrendous crime was in bed at around 2.30am on Monday morning when three men burst into his room,” Detective Inspector David Henderson said.

“They ransacked the bedroom and attacked him with a sharp implement, possibly a hook.”

The man remains in a critical condition in hospital today.

“We have heard from several witnesses who were in the area at the time and we are grateful for their help, however we are keen to speak to others who have not yet come forward,” Henderson added.

“We know from CCTV that there were several vehicles travelling on the McShanes Road at around the time the three men made their escape from the gentleman’s home.

“I would like to appeal specifically to any motorist who was travelling on that stretch of road between 1.30am and 3.30am and who may have seen the three men or anything else that could be useful to investigators.”

The Detective Inspector called it a “vile and terrifying attack” and said police were trying to identify the “callous criminals responsible”.

“Witnesses or anyone who believes they can assist in the investigation in anyway can contact detectives at Ardmore Reactive and Organised Crime on the non-emergency number 101.”

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