Wedding ring taken from finger of woman in her 80’s during burglary in Magherafelt

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Detectives are investigating an aggravated burglary at the home of a woman in her eighties in Magherafelt.

The resident was in her Queens Avenue home alone in an upstairs bedroom at around 7.30pm last night when four males entered her home. Two of the males remained with her in the bedroom while the other two ransacked the property.

Before leaving with a quantity of jewellery, the intruders removed the victim’s wedding ring from her hand.

Detective Sergeant David Halliwell said: “Any crime in which older people are the victims is despicable but taking a treasured wedding band from the hand of an elderly lady is a particularly loathsome act.

“We believe the males involved in this incident were aged in their late teens and were wearing knitted hats with scarves around their faces. We understand they made off on foot.

“We are appealing to the community in Magherafelt to help us identify the people involved, arrest them and bring them before the courts. Detectives can be contacted by calling 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”