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Security review demanded after burglary at Bessbrook care home for elderly

A care home for the elderly was the target of a burglary last week, prompting calls for the authorities to review security arrangements.

The early morning incident happened at Cloughreagh House last Monday but details have only now been revealed.

It is understood that a young male, believed to be in his 20s, was disturbed in the sluice room by a member of staff.

He fled the scene when discovered.

The PSNI were summoned by the member of staff and the incident is being investigated.

It is not believed that anything was taken at this stage.

But the incident has prompted one local Assemblyman to write to the authorities to question security arrangements.

Sinn Fein MLA Mickey Brady revealed details of the burglary last night (Tuesday), when he described it as “appalling”.

He told Armagh I: “The local community are angry and concerned that a home caring for elderly residents has been violated.

“I would appeal for anyone with any information at all as to who was involved in this dastardly deed to contact the PSNI.”

The home at one time had been under threat of closure and it was a time which had added greatly to the concerns of the residents and their families.

This latest incident has caused great anxiety and concern.

Mr Brady confirmed: “I also have written to the Southern Trust and the PSNI asking them about current security arrangements in place and requesting they are reviewed and further deterrents to thieves put in place.”

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