Elderly resident disturbs burglar

DETECTIVES in Magherafelt are appealing for information following an attempted burglary at the home an elderly resident.

An attempt was made to gain entry through a window of a house at Coolshinney Road around 11.30pm last Friday The resident heard the noise and disturbed the burglar who ran off.

Police are also investigating a burglary at a house nearby at Coolshinney Heights which is believed to have occurred on the same night.

Sometime between Friday night and Saturday lunchtime, the house was broken into and ransacked. Police believe both burglaries are linked.

Police are appealing to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in or around Coolshinney Road or Coolshinney Heights, particularly between 11pm and 11.45pm to contact them at Magherafelt station on 0845 600 8000 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.