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Aughnacloy burglary victim 'stable' in hospital after attempt on life

By Claire Williamson

An 83-year-old woman who fell from a window during a break-in at her Aughnacloy home is in a stable condition in the Royal Victoria Hospital.

Pat Davidson was alone when four men gained entry to her home on Tuesday January 23.

It is understood the widow jumped from an upstairs window trying to escape the intruders.

The woman was rushed to the Craigavon Area Hospital in a critical condition but has since been moved to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast where a spokeswoman for the trust said she is "stable".

The PSNI is treating the incident as attempted murder.

Last week PSNI detectives assisted by Gardai, conducted two searches of properties in the Tallaght area of Dublin in relation to the burglary and a number of items were seized for further examination.

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

A black Saab vehicle that is believed to have been used by the suspects during the burglaries was recovered in Dundalk.

In the PSNI's most recent appeal Detective Chief Inspector John Caldwell said: "The investigation is ongoing into this horrific incident and we are following a number of lines of enquiry connected to the attempted murder and the three other burglaries in the Aughnacloy, Ballygawley and Seskinore areas, which we believed are linked.

“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 – you have made a difference.

“I continue to appeal for information about a silver car, possibly a Ford Focus, with false registration 06 WX 6313. Anyone who has any information about this car or about the burglaries should contact detectives in Dungannon.

"We have set up an incident room in Dungannon to deal with any information. Please call 101 ex 53135 quoting reference 1218 of 23/01/18. Alternatively, information can also be provided about the incidents to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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