Police probe link between burglaries at elderly couples’ homes

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Police are investigating a link between two burglaries targeting elderly couples in Co Down.

A gang of five, one of whom was armed with a screwdriver, searched the home of a 76 year-old woman and 75 year-old man in Castlewellan.

The men held the occupants in the living room but left the house empty-handed.

The PSNI said it is investigating a possible link to a similar style burglary in Ballynhainch 25 minutes later.

There an 80 year-old woman and his 76 year-old wife were held with their sons while a gang searched their home and left with cash.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000 or 0800 555 111.