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Vehicle and items seized in connection with Aughnacloy attempted murder probe

A number of items have been seized in Dublin following searches in connection to the attempted murder of an 83-year-old woman in Aughnacloy.

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

It is understood the widow jumped from an upstairs window trying to escape the intruders shortly before 9pm.

Craigavon Area Hospital described her condition as "stable" on Thursday morning.

Detectives assisted by An Garda Siochana, conducted two searches of properties in the Tallaght area of Dublin on Thursday.

A number of items were seized for further examination.

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

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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