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Dumbarton woman, 89, fights off robbery attempt

Police have appealed for witnesses after an 89-year-old woman fought off a man who attempted to rob her in her home in Dumbarton.

The victim was assaulted after a man knocked on her door in Glencairn Road and pushed his way into her hall at about 20:45 on Friday.

She defended herself after he demanded money and ran off towards Napier Crescent in the town's Brucehill area.

Strathclyde Police said the woman was uninjured but shaken by the incident.

The suspect is described as "well spoken", white and about 30-40 years old with a slim build.

He was wearing a grey and black jacket and had a black scarf covering the lower half of his face.

Det Insp Michael Lappin said: "This elderly lady was extremely brave and determined not to let this man into her home and steal from her.

"Thankfully she wasn't injured as a result of this disgraceful assault and attempted robbery, but nonetheless she is understandably very shaken.

"She has lived within her community for over 60 years and is well known to her neighbours.

"We are carrying out extensive inquires and undertaking door to door inquires to trace this individual."

He added: "I would like to appeal to anyone who was around the Glencairn Road area of Brucehill and saw someone hanging around or perhaps saw a man matching the description running from Glencairn Road towards Napier Crescent to contact me."

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