Tuesday 27 September 2016

Island community rocked by attack on pensioner

Greg Harkin

Published 03/03/2016 | 02:30

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The victim was "man- handled" and a sum of money taken, said Gda Supt David Kelly. He was left "shaken" by the incident.

Members of an island community have spoken of their horror after a man in his 80s was attacked by a burglar during a raid on his home.

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Detectives travelled to Arranmore Island off the Co Donegal coast yesterday as a manhunt got under way.

Gardaí revealed that they believed the man behind the raid was still on the island as the attack on Monday evening took place at 8pm, after the departure of the last ferry to Burtonport on the mainland.

The victim was attacked at his home in the hamlet of Ballintra on the island and a sum of money was taken.

The victim was "man- handled" and a sum of money taken, said Gda Supt David Kelly. He was left "shaken" by the incident.

In a statement yesterday, the Arranmore Island Community Council said: "This crime is unprecedented and understandably the community is 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."

Last night, gardaí remained on the island.

Irish Independent

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