Northern Ireland

Aughnacloy attempted murder: police raids in Dublin

Forensic officers are at a house in Sydney Street in Aughnacloy
Image caption It is believed 83-year-old Pat Davidson jumped from a first floor window to escape

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a woman in Aughnacloy have carried out two searches in Dublin.

Gardaí, assisted by the PSNI, raided two properties in the Tallaght area of Dublin on Thursday morning. A number of items were seized.

It is believed Pat Davidson jumped from an upstairs window trying to escape from intruders on Tuesday 23 January.

Police are investigating a possible link between the incident and three other burglaries.

Image caption Detectives are treating the incident as attempted murder

Det Chief Insp John Caldwell said: "We are continuing to investigate this appalling incident in which the vulnerable 83-year-old woman sustained serious injuries as well as the other burglaries which we believe are linked.

"We have made good progress and I would like to thank members of the public who have come forward to police with information."

Police are continuing to appeal for information, particularly about a silver car - possibly a Ford Focus - with the false Wexford registration plate 06 WX 6313.

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