Dromore: Pensioner 'distressed' after being punched in head during attempted hijacking and assault

Beech Grove in Dromore
Beech Grove in Dromore -Credit:Google Street View

A pensioner has been left shaken after he was punched in the head and threatened during an assault and attempted hijacking in Co Down.

Police are appealing for information following the incident in the early hours of Saturday morning.

It was reported to the PSNI that a man aged in his 70s left his home in the Beech Grove area of Dromore at around 12.30am to move his car, when he was approached by a man in his early 20s.

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The young man demanded his car keys, which were refused, and implied that he had a gun.

As the older man went to go back to his home, the younger man punched him three times to the head, making further threats towards him before leaving.

A police spokesperson said: "This was a distressing ordeal for the victim, who has been left shaken by the incident, but thankfully no injuries were reported.

"Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone who was in the area at the time and saw anything suspicious, or anyone with CCTV, doorbell or dashcam footage, is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 88 of 04/05/24.

"Alternatively, you can submit a report online at http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/."

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