96-year-old woman hospitalised following aggrivated burglary in Aghilly

Gardaí are appealling for witnesses to an aggravated burglary which took place at the home of a 96-year-old woman near Buncrana last night.

At around 12.30am, a man wearing dark clothing and a balaclava  broke into the  woman's home, in Aghilly - went into her bedroom where she was sleeping and demanded cash.

He then assaulted her - punching her in the ribs - gagged her - and made off with some money and bank cards.

The woman was taken to hospital as a precaution - but is not said to be seriously injured.

Eye witnesses say two men, wearing dark clothes and speaking with local accents were seen leaving the area afterwards and heading in the direction of Tullydish.

Local councillor Rena Donaghey says she hopes the culprits will be brought to justice.