Northern Ireland

Glengormley robbery: Knife held to 95-year-old's throat

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Media captionA disabled 95-year-old man is recovering after a knife was held to his throat during a burglary at his home in Glengormley, County Antrim.

A disabled 95-year-old man is recovering after a knife was held to his throat during a robbery at his home in Glengormley, County Antrim.

The attackers, who tricked their way inside, ransacked rooms in search of money.

It happened at Glencairn Park in the town at about 02:00 GMT on Monday.

The victim, Walter Bryans, was still awake and sitting on a specially modified chair in his living room when the attackers entered.

They ransacked the kitchen and looked inside the bread bin for money.

Mr Byer's nephew Robert said they finally left taking his uncle's wallet which only had a few pounds inside.

"He heard a knock at the window and he believed it was a young girl in distress looking for access to a phone to get a taxi," he said.

"He then opened the door and they came into the house - there was somebody else there with the girl and afterwards he thought it was two youths as opposed to a young girl.

"They were demanding money, they forced him into the room, they threatened him at knifepoint and demanded money, but he has no money in the house.

"So they then proceeded to ransack the house. They left him on the floor - he asked for help but they just left and he spent a few minutes on the floor but was lucky enough to have access to a phone and he phoned the police.

"My initial feeling is just one of shock and I suppose outrage and disgust."

He said his uncle is now in a residential home while he decides whether he feels safe enough to return to his home.