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Outrage after funeral robbery

Patsy McCardle

Published 06/09/2015 | 02:30

PSNI (Stock photo)
PSNI (Stock photo)

Villagers are outraged by a break-in at the residence of an 83-year-old pensioner and the theft of her late husband's wedding ring - as his funeral was taking place.

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Police on both sides of the Monaghan/Armagh border were alerted about the burglary after Mrs Muriel Irwin discovered her home was broken into while she was attending the family funeral service for her husband, Epsie, at Milford near Armagh.

As well as her late husband's wedding ring, a number of other valuables were stolen from the house.

Neighbours of the widow, who was a founding member of Milford Community Development Association, expressed shock and anger yesterday about the theft.

William Irwin, a member of the North's Legislative Assembly, said : "This was a very callous act, especially when this lady was grieving for her late husband and returned from his burial to find that her home had been ransacked. It was a crime that beggars belief".

The PSNI and gardai have appealed for information.

Sunday Independent

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