Trio of incidents leads to PSNI call for vigilance


Police have appealed for vigilance among householders after a trio of incidents.

Firstly, police received a report that sometime between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, two unknown males called to the house of an elderly woman in the Millview Park area of Richill.

They claimed that they were there to check her cooker, entered the house, looked at the cooker and then left.

It is not believed that anything has been stolen.

At 4pm on Friday, a man in the Cloveneden Road area of Loughgall observed three men at the rear of his home in a silver car.

When challenged by the householder, he was told that they were “looking for someone”.

The caller felt their actions were suspicious.

Lastly, shortly before 4.30pm police received a report that a stranger had called to the home of an elderly man in the Drumanphy Road area of Portadown enquiring about replacing electricity poles.

When the householder went outside and came back, there were two unknown males inside who ran out the front door after taking money.

It is thought they left in a car.

Detective Inspector Keith Gawley said: “I would also remind everyone to be vigilant of this type of crime. You should remember that any genuine caller to your door will have identification which you have every right to ask for and verify.”

He said before answering the door, householders should ensure the back door is locked.

They should so beware of callers who attempt to distract them by claiming that they have seen something untoward in your rear garden, or by otherwise encouraging you to leave the house.

Those with information about the above incidents should call detectives at Newry on the non-emergency number 101, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.