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Lone female driver pulled from car and pinned to bonnet as robber searched for valuables

Published 03/02/2016 | 19:42

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A LONE female driver was left extremely traumatised following a terrifying morning robbery that saw her being forced onto the bonnet of her own car.

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The woman, who is in her 40s, was travelling on a country road between Tramore and Waterford City at 8.20am on Friday, January 22 when she heard a loud bang after something hit her car.

The woman stopped her vehicle to investigate what had happened and to see what had caused the bang.

However, soon after she came to a stop, she was "taken by surprise" and was immediately grabbed by a man who assaulted her. 

The assailant, who spoke with an eastern European accent, pinned her to the bonnet of the car planting his elbow into the terrified woman's back. 

It's understood that she was forced down with such velocity that her head hit off the bonnet causing injury. 

She was told not to take her head away from the bonnet and heard rummaging in her car.

A shoulderbag was taken during the ordeal.

Those responsible then fled the scene on foot and the woman was able to drive to a nearby residence where gardai were alerted.

The victim is said to have been left “extremely traumatised” by the event.

She suffered minor injuries.

It's understood that gardaí later learned that the object thrown at the woman’s car was a briquette of turf.

No arrests have been made in relation to the incident.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time to contact them at Tramore Garda Station on (051) 391 620.

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