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'A SCOURGE ON SOCIETY’

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

UUP MLA Rosemary Barton will today, Tuesday, meet Police chiefs to discuss an upsurge in burglaries in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone and Mid-Ulster areas.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA will meet Chief Inspector Mervyn Seffen and Inspector Joanne Gibson following concerns over a series of burglaries in Dungannon and the Clogher Valley.

Mrs Barton requested the meeting to address what she described as "a scourge on society".

The ever-growing list of burglaries over the past four months include a robbery at the home of an Aughnacloy pensioner in January during which the lady, Mrs Pat Davidson, had to jump from an upstairs window.

 

UUP MLA Rosemary Barton is to meet Police chiefs today, Tuesday, to discuss an upsurge in burglaries in the Fermanagh and South Tyrone and Mid-Ulster areas.

The Fermanagh/South Tyrone MLA will meet Chief Inspector Mervyn Seffen and Inspector Joanne Gibson following concerns over a series of burglaries in Dungannon, Clogher Valley and Cookstown.

Mrs Barton requested the meeting to address what she described as "a scourge on society".

It follows a spate of burglaries and attempted burglaries in Tyrone and Mid-Ulster which have reached unprecedented levels in recent months.

An 83-year-old woman, Mrs Pat Davidson, had to jump from an upstairs window of her home in Aughnacloy on 23rd January when four men raided her home.

Police believe the incident is linked to other burglaries in Aughnacloy, Ballygawley and Seskinore.

In January there were also four  burglaries reported in one day around Black Lough in Dungannon and in Killyman with thefts also reported from building sites in the two areas.

Six incidents also occurred in the villages of Castlecaulfield, Moy, Benburb, Keady and Middletown at the end of February, which are believed to have been linked.

And the list of burglaries continues.

In Cookstown a series of burglaries took place in the town centre.

McGlaughlin's Coffee House and Baker at James Street was broken into in March and a sum of cash stolen. The thief was recorded on CCTV.

And days later burglaries took place at a coffee shop and hairdressers in Burn Road.

Expressing "deep concerns" at the upsurge in burglaries across the South Tyrone and Mid-Ulster areas, Mrs Barton told the Courier: "It would seem that no area is immune from burglaries and we must have more visible patrols on the ground to tackle this upsurge in crime."

Ahead of today's meeting with the Police, Mrs Barton told the Courier: "I look forward to meeting the PSNI to discuss the spate of burglaries and measures we can take to prevent them.

"This is an issue which affects people right across Mid-Ulster and Fermanagh and South Tyrone so it is important that we come up with a proactive solution to this problem."

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