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Elderly woman robbed of handbag in broad daylight in Newry

An elderly woman was robbed of her handbag in a shocking daylight robbery in Newry city centre on Thursday morning.

Police in Newry are appealing for information following the incident in the Dominic Street area of the city.

It was reported that shortly before 10.30am, a woman aged in her 80’s was approached by a man as she walked in the area and had a handbag she was carrying snatched from her, causing her to fall to the ground.

The suspect, who was described as being aged in his 50’s or 60’s and wearing a dark coloured peaked cap and a dark coat, then made off from the area on foot.

Officers conducted a number of enquiries in the area and arrested a 62-year-old man a short time later, on suspicion of robbery.

The handbag was recovered by security staff from a public toilet at a nearby shopping centre and later returned to the woman, who was left badly shaken by her ordeal.

The man has since been released on bail to allow for further police enquiries to be conducted.

Anyone with any information about this incident or who may be able to help with the investigation, is asked to call police at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 477 01/02/24, or submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at

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