Woman confronted by masked man armed with hatchet in Castlewellan

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by Gráinne Connolly

A woman has been left badly shaken after being confronted and burgled my a masked man armed with a hatchet in Castlewellan. 

Police say the occupant of a house in the Mill Hill area was awakened by loud noises at around 5.15am, before finding the suspect in her living room. 

The man fled the property with the woman's purse following a brief verbal exchange. 

Detective Sergeant James Johnston said, "It was also reported that criminal damage was caused to a car outside the address, a Vauxhall Astra, which had its windows and headlights damaged. 

"Thankfully, the woman was not physically injured, however, she has been left badly shaken by what must been a terrifying experience for her. This despicable act occurred in the woman's home, a place where she rightly deserves to feel safe. 

"Enquiries are under way to establish exactly what occurred, and why. One line of enquiry is that the suspect may have targeted the wrong address.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the area between 5am and 5:15am and saw any vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner, or any person or persons acting suspiciously, to call detectives at Ardmore on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 370 of 15/02/20. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."  

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