Pensioner attacked and robbed at his home on Donegal island

Gardaí have travelled to Arranmore Island off the coast of Co Donegal after a pensioner was assaulted and robbed in his home.

Pensioner attacked and robbed at his home on Donegal island

The man, who is in his 80s, was assaulted at his home at Ballintra on the island.

A sum of money was taken and the victim was “manhandled” but not badly injured and the alarm was raised a short time later.

The man’s attacker was understood to be disguised in a certain type of clothing.

Garda Superintendent David Kelly said because there were no ferry sailings off the island after 8pm when the attack happened, there is a suspicion that the attacker may be from the island.

“That is something I am considering highly,” he said.

Gardaí made a ferry crossing to the island last night in a bid to launch an investigation into the alleged attack.

Gardaí will return to the island today carrying out a full investigation into the incident.

People on Arranmore Island say they are ‘shocked and appalled’ by the attack on an elderly man.

A spokesperson for the Arranmore Island Community Council issued a statement in which they criticised the attack on the pensioner, describing it as an “unprecedented “ incident.

“This crime is unprecedented and understandably the community are shocked and appalled.

“We will be pulling together as much as ever to ensure such an incident is a one off.

“We have a proud tradition of looking out for one another on Arranmore Island, especially the more vulnerable in our community, and such an incident will only go to strengthen that community ethos,” a statement from the community read.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact Milford Garda station on 074 915 3060.

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