Detectives in Lisburn are appealing for witnesses following an aggravated burglary at the Parochial House on Chapel Road in Glenavy last night (Tuesday, October 31).
Detective Sergeant McIntosh said: “Police received a report just after 9:05pm that at approximately 8:50pm, a masked male forced entry into the property and demanded money. No money was taken during the incident and the male subsequently fled. The male occupant, who was the only one in the house at the time, was not injured during the ordeal.
“The suspect is described as being between 5’6’’ and 5’8’’ tall and was wearing a dark coloured overcoat and wellington boots. We are appealing to anyone who was in the Chapel Road area between 8:45pm and 9.10pm on Tuesday and noticed any suspicious activity, or has information to contact detectives in Lisburn Criminal Investigation Branch on the non emergency number, 101, quoting reference 1609 31/10/17, or call Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
Local Ulster Unionist Councillor Alexander Redpath condemned the incident, saying: “This is an absolutely disgraceful attack which will be condemned from all quarters of the community. The circumstance of this attack are utterly terrifying and I can’t imagine the trauma he must’ve gone through as a result.
“It is vital that anyone with information bring it to the police attention.
“Wish the PSNI well with their investigation and hopefully bring the culprit to justice very quickly.”
Councillor Conor Quinn said: “I was very disturbed to learn of the burglary attempt at the Parochial House in Glenavy on Tuesday evening. We must continue to do more to prevent this form of crime in isolated locations and I urge rural communities to be vigilant. Anyone with information about this incident should report it to the PSNI. I have extended my best wishes to Father McBride.”