Cllr Mervyn Jones said: “How could someone ever stoop so low as to assault a pensioner or break into their home. These incidents took place in safe, residential areas and people here are aghast at the news. The cowards who were involved in these incidents must swiftly be brought to justice.
“We have seen a sickening spate of attacks on older people in Northern Ireland in recent days. I would however like to assure older people that incidents of this nature are generally extremely rare.
“Anyone who can assist police on these matters should call them immediately to ensure these thugs can be put behind bars.”