Woman's terror at armed raid on home
A 49-year-old woman suffered a horrific ordeal when two thugs broke into her Dublin flat and put a handgun to her head in the latest armed robbery in the capital.
Gardai from the Bridewell Station are investigating the incident which happened at the woman's north inner city home in broad daylight on Tuesday afternoon.
Sources say that the two suspects burst into the house at 12.15pm and demanded money as one of the criminals put a handgun to the woman's head in the Greek Street flats area of the city.
They terrorised the woman and later stole a four-figure cash sum that she had in her flat.
The suspects are being described as two young men, a black man who spoke with an Irish accent, and a foreign man with blond hair.
It is not known where the suspects fled to after escaping with the sum, which is understood to be more than €1,000.
Gardai are investigating if the two criminals were given a tip-off by someone who is known to the woman.
There has been no arrests so far in the case.
According to the latest statistics issued by the Central Statistics Office, burglaries fell overall nationwide by 1.4pc, or down 363 incidents for the year up to the end of March.
But there was a sharp rise in aggravated burglaries, which rose by a fifth, or up 53 incidents, in the same period.
Dublin was the only Garda region to show an overall increase in burglaries (up almost 7pc), while the eastern region showed the sharpest decline (down 9.5pc).