Coleraine police urge intruder in Acheson murder to turn himself in

Detectives investigating the murder of pensioner Bertie Acheson during a burglary at his home in Coleraine are waiting for the results of a post mortem examination which is taking place this afternoon.

The PSNI says the investigation into Mr Acheson's death in the early hours of yesterday morning is continuing, but they need more assistance from the local community.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said this afternoon that people are shocked, upset and angry at what has happened to Bertie Acheson and his wife Sheila.

The man who broke into their home is described as being about five feet 10 inches tall, in his late teens or early 20s, of slim build and with a local accent.

He was wearing a dark blue coat and grey jogging bottoms, and may have been cut or injured during the incident.

The intruder made off with Mrs Acheson’s red purse, which was about 6-8inches long with a clasp, an amount of cash and credit cards. Despite searches in the immediate area, police have not located this purse. The PSNI in Coleraine are appealing to anyone who has seen the purse, or comes across credit cards in the name of Mrs Sheila Acheson to contact them immediately.

DCI Harrison appealed directly to the man to come forward, saying "this is a burglary which has tragically turned into a murder – don’t make things any worse for yourself than they already are".