Elderly woman left shaken after home ransacked

A SPATE of burglaries swept across Fermanagh over the weekend. Irvinestown was again targeted for the second consecutive week with two burglaries occurring at Brownhill Fold.
The burglaries took place around 7.30pm last Friday evening. A police spokesman explained, “On one of these occasions an elderly lady was present when an unknown male entered her home. The other had returned to her home, completely ransacked. Both ladies are understandably shaken as a result of this incident.”
Police are appealing to the public for information in relation to a male they may have seen acting suspiciously in the area of Brownhill Fold on Friday night.
The spokesman explained, “This male is described as approximately twenty years of age and wearing a baseball cap.” A second appeal for information was made following a burglary across the county.
The spokesman added, “Police are appealing for any witness’s to a burglary at Dernawilt Road, Roslea. It is thought that the burglary occurred somewhere between 14:00 on the 30/11/19 and 10:00 on the 1/12/19. “If you were in the area between this time frame and saw anything suspicious please contact police on 101.”
Over the weekend community alerts were posted on social media, one post referred to a further burglary in the Tamlaght area which was reportedly thwarted by quick thinking neighbours.
Local councillors are among those who have spoken out to condemn crime in the county. Following the theft of a number of sentimental items in the Brownhill Meadows area Irvinestown area recently Councillor John McClaughry called on neighbours to look out for each other over the festive period.
“There is not the police presence that we had before and people need to keep an eye out for people acting suspiciously in the area.”
Cllr McClaughry had also made an appeal for anyone with information to come forward and share it with Police. Over the weekend Police shared photos of patrols in Maguiresbridge and other villages. Vehicles were stopped and breath tests conducted with Police reiterating that these will continue over the coming weeks with “zero tolerance” for anyone providing readings over the prescribed legal limits.

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