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'Terrifying ordeal' Woman (80s) had her eyes taped shut during burglary at her Derry home

The woman had her purse and handbag stolen during the robbery that has left her community shocked and disgusted.

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A general view of a close up of the hands of an elderly woman at home. (Peter Byrne/PA)

A general view of a close up of the hands of an elderly woman at home. (Peter Byrne/PA)

A general view of a close up of the hands of an elderly woman at home. (Peter Byrne/PA)

An elderly woman has been left traumatised after she had her eyes taped shut during an aggravated burglary at her home.

The terrified pensioner also had her wrists bound together after a man forced his way into the house in Derry on Tuesday.

The woman, who is in her eighties, had her purse and handbag stolen during the robbery that has left her community shocked and disgusted.

It happened at her home in the Ballynasilloe Park area of the city at about 11:00am.

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She managed to get out and signal for help but the man fled the scene before he could be apprehended.

Detectives are appealing for information following the aggravated burglary.

"This must have been a terrifying ordeal for this lady and we are following all lines of enquiry to identify the male involved," PSNI Det Sgt Connolly said.

"While this sort of crime is uncommon we recognise the impact it will have on older residents in our community who are perhaps fearful".

The SDLP leader and Foyle MP Colum Eastwood said the assault was "disgusting and shocking" and had sent shockwaves through our community".

"Crime against our elderly community should be taken very seriously and those responsible should face appropriate punishment," he added.

Mr Eastwood urged older people to take extra security measures and said it was vital people verified the identity of "anyone they do not know before opening the door to them".

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"I would also ask people to keep an eye out for elderly neighbours and regularly check in with them," he said.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

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