Monday 23 April 2018

Woman (70s) 'left shaken' after being hit with crowbar and robbed in church Newsdesk Newsdesk

A pensioner has been left 'shaken' after being hit with a crowbar and robbed in a church, police say.

The woman (70s) went into a church on William Street in Portadown, Co Armagh on Friday afternoon and was disturbed someone trying to prise open a donation box with a crowbar.

PSNI Detective Sergeant Stephen Wilson said: "When he saw her, the man left the building but then returned and demanded money from her.

"At first, the lady refused to hand over her purse, but when this man hit her with the crowbar, she did give him a sum of money.

"The lady was left shaken and has some bruising to her left shoulder."

Police have charged a 45-year-old man with robbery.

The suspect is also accused of attempted theft, going equipped for theft and possession of an offensive weapon with intent.

He is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Monday, when the charges will be reviewed by prosecutors.

Belfast Telegraph

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