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Elderly woman in hospital after fighting off man trying to steal her handbag at bus stop

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AN elderly woman is in hospital after she fought off a young man who tried to steal her handbag as she waited on a bus.

Gardaí in Irishtown in Dublin are appealing for witnesses following the attempted robbery of the woman in her 70s in Sandymount.

The incident occurred at a bus stop on Newgrove Avenue shortly before 7pm on Friday.

"The woman was approached by a lone male (perhaps early 20s) who, following a struggle to get her handbag, made off with nothing," a garda spokesman said. 

"The woman managed to hold onto her bag but sustained a number of injuries and was taken to St Vincents Hospital for treatment. Her injuries are not life threatening."

Gardaí in Irishtown are keen to speak to anyone who may have been at the bus stop on Newgrove Avenue last night or anyone with information to contact Irishtown Garda Station 01 6669600, The Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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