An elderly husband and wife were beaten by a gang during a brutal burglary at their home in Co Antrim today.
The couple’s terrifying ordeal began when the 70-year-old woman awoke to find three masked men standing in their bedroom at Hillhall Road, Lisburn.
Police said her husband, also 70, who recently suffered a stroke, then fell to the floor.
He was ordered not to move by two of the men wielding a golf club and a steel bar.
“When the woman tried to help she was struck across the temple with a broken brush shaft,” a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said.
She managed to get up and scream for help but was thrown back onto the bed.
The intruders, who all spoke with southern Irish accents, then ransacked the house and escaped with a sum of cash.
Meanwhile, a 72-year-old woman was treated for shock after being robbed of £4 in Newtownabbey today.
She was attacked on a path leading into Valley Park on O’Neill’s Road near Glengormley.
A mobile phone and a bottle of water was also stolen as the culprit, believed to be a man in his early 30s, snatched her handbag.
Police Superintendent Gerry Murray said the couple burgled in Lisburn were not seriously injured but badly frightened by the attack.
“Both of them were traumatised and in severe shock,” he said.
“The lady received bruising on her face, the elderly gentleman who had previously been recovering from a stroke was taken by detectives to a local hospital.”