Police ‘totally committed’ to providing safe environment

Cllr Pat McCudden
Cllr Pat McCudden

POLICE have said they are “totally committed” to providing the community with a safe environment in which to live.

The move comes after Ballyclare councillor Pat McCudden called on the PSNI to step up patrols in the town’s Rathmena area after the home of a 79-year-old woman was raided by thieves in the early hours of Tuesday morning, July 3.

The two men searched the woman’s bedroom while she lay in bed, terrified.

Councillor McCudden said: “I was extremely annoyed and disappointed to hear of yet another incident in Rathmena. This was a very frightening incident.

“This is the latest in a number of similar incidents on that particular street and we have recently met with police to discuss the matter and asked them to step up patrols in the area.

“The PSNI must deal with this latest incident in a quick and effective manner.

“I completely condemn this burglary and would call for anyone with information of those involved to contact the police as soon as possible. The people responsible must be brought to justice.

“I would also call on all home and business owners to ensure they are taking the correct precautions to protect their property. There are many simple measures everyone can take, ensuring thieves have less chance of success.”

A PSNI spokeswoman said police believed the Rathmena burglary appeared to be an “isolated incident”.

She said: “Detectives are continuing to investigate a burglary at the home of an elderly woman in Rathmena Gardens, Ballyclare in the early hours of Tuesday, July 3. Police would like to reiterate their appeal for information and also reaffirm their total commitment to providing a safe environment for the local community to live.”

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