Gardai are investigating after an elderly woman sustained serious injuries when her home was burgled by two intruders in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The woman, living in Bray, Co Wicklow, awoke at around 5am to discover two men in her home.
She was badly injured by the pair and the house was badly ransacked, although yesterday gardaí said it was still unclear what items, if any, were taken by the raiders.
The woman, aged in her late 80s or early 90s and who was alone in the house at the time of the attack, was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin for treatment.
It is understood she suffered broken ribs in the ordeal and was still recovering last night.
Bray Gardai are investigating the aggravated burglary and have appealed for anyone with any information to contact them or the garda confidential line.
Cllr Steven Matthews of Bray Town Council said the incident was a “despicable, cowardly attack” on a fragile elderly person.
“It is an awful thing to happen to anyone,” he said. “Everyone is in shock about it.”
The burglary took place in a busy part of Bray and in light of the incident Cllr Matthews asked everyone to keep an eye out for their neighbours.
Meanwhile, gardaí in Monaghan are appealing for information following an assault incident on Thursday night that has left a young man in hospital.
At approximately 11.50pm on Thursday gardaí attended the scene of a disturbance at Woodview, Killygowan, in Monaghan and discovered a male aged in his late 20s unconscious and with head injuries on the roadway.
He was taken by ambulance to Cavan General Hospital and later removed to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin, where he is understood to be in a critical condition.
A technical and forensic examination of the scene was carried out and last night a 19-year-old man was arrested and brought to Monaghan garda station for questioning under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
Gardaí asked anyone with information to contact them on 047 77200.
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