TD's father robbed outside front door while giving directions

(Above) Deputy Robert Troy.

A Westmeath TD has urged seniors to be careful after his 85-year-old father was robbed outside his front door yesterday.

In a Facebook post this morning, Deputy Robert Troy revealed that his father Paddy was robbed outside his home on Ballynacargy's Main Street by a male who knocked on his front door under the pretence of asking for directions.

“I just want to let people in the wider Ballynacargy/Mullingar area know that a man came to my parents' door yesterday to ask for directions to Edgeworthstown. My 85-year-old father stepped out on the street to give him directions and when doing so, he was robbed. The man was in a white van and had another man driving it.

“I am concerned that my parents were targeted as my father would be known in the area for giving directions and having local knowledge and also they would be known to be elderly and living on their own. So please be careful,” Deputy Troy said.