A 96-year-old woman has been taken to hospital after being gagged and punched in the ribs during a terrifying overnight burglary on her home.
The elderly pensioner lives on her own in Aghilly in Buncrana, Co Donegal.
A masked man dressed in dark clothing broke into her home through a kitchen window and entered her bedroom at around 12.30am on Saturday morning, gardai said.
The attacker threatened the elderly woman, disarmed a panic alarm attached to her wrist and held a gag to her mouth while demanding money.
She was also punched in the ribs during the brutal ordeal.
The burglar, who had an accomplice waiting outside, then made off with the pensioner's handbag, which contained cash and bank cards.
The woman managed to find her panic alarm and activated it, alerting gardai, who rushed to the scene.
She was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for observation.
It is believed her injuries are not life-threatening.
Neighbours told gardai that two men dressed in dark clothing and with local accents were seen making off from the area in the direction of Tullydish.