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DUP Alderman John Finlay has strongly condemned an aggravated burglary in the home of an elderly man in Ballymoney in which the victim had a substance sprayed in his face.


Alderman Finlay said,

“I was shocked and horrified to learn that a man in his 70s was the victim of aggravated burglary at his home on Frosses Road in Ballymoney on Wednesday evening. 

Not only is breaking and entering someone’s home a gross violation of their human right to privacy and safety, but it can be an extremely frightening experience for the victim. 

When that victim is a pensioner who had a substance of some sort sprayed in his face and had to be treated for injury to his eyes, then the experience is all the more horrendous and traumatic. 

My thoughts are with this gentleman, and I pray he will make a full and speedy recovery from his ordeal.


I appeal to the PSNI to make the safety of the elderly a priority. The culprit, believed to be in his 20s, must be apprehended and charged as soon as possible. Until he is, there will be the fear that he could strike again.   


I appeal to anyone who was in the area and who saw any suspicious activity on the night in question, or any strange vehicles in the area, to get in touch with PSNI on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number ‘1042 of 16/01/19’. Alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111”.


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