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Anger at theft of pensioner's life savings

15 December, 2004

Sinn Féin West Belfast Assembly member Michael Ferguson has warned older people to be vigilant after a gang of men claiming to be from the Housing Executive robbed an 81-year-old man of his life savings at his home in Poleglass.

Cllr Ferguson said:

"These people, who target vulnerable and elderly people are scum. They have no place within our communities.

"I would urge everyone be vigilant and to ask and check identification of any unknown callers and even to contact the agency the callers claim to be from before allowing anyone unknown into their homes.

"I would also call on the community to come together and rally around those people who have been victimised in this way.

"It is important, particularly at this time of year when the nights grow dark earlier that everyone does their bit to ensure that our communities are safer. Get to know your neighbours. Check that they are OK.

"It is also vital that we see greater resources ploughed into community initiatives that embrace the wider community. Projects such as Good Morning Colin Glen are there to provide contact and support but there needs to be more money available for such projects. There are also a number of security and safety schemes operating, particularly in North Belfast, that demand greater financial support." ENDS

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