The daughter of an 85-year-old woman fighting for her life after being attacked in her Dumbarton home has made a plea for anyone with information to come forward.

The pensioner, who has dementia, suffered head and facial injuries during a break-in at the house on Hawthornhill Road between 1.45am and 2.45am on Sunday, April 14.

She has since been re-admitted to hospital and her daughter tweeted in the early hours of yesterday morning (April 16) that her mother had “taken a turn for the worse” as she pleaded for help to catch the person who carried out the despicable attack.

The victim was originally taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she is currently being treated. Hospital staff describe her condition as serious but stable.

Her daughter added that the pensioner’s garden umbrella is missing and if anyone within the Dumbarton area sees one lying around where it shouldn’t be “please don’t touch it” and contact police via 101.

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Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross of Clydebank Police Office told the Reporter:  “My officers have been carrying out extensive enquiries into this sickening incident and we are determined to trace the man responsible for this appalling crime as soon as possible. 

"We would appreciate any assistance the public can give us, and are re-appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

“The suspect is described as around 6ft in height and of slim build.  He was wearing dark-coloured clothing.  He was last seen heading off in the direction of Castlehill Road. 

"We believe he may have left the address with a large garden parasol, and I would urge anyone who saw someone in the area acting suspiciously, possibly carrying this item, or anyone who found or saw a parasol discarded to please contact us. 

“No matter how insignificant you think the information you hold is, get in touch.  Additional police patrols remain in the area to provide reassurance and anyone with concerns should speak to officers.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Police via 101, quoting incident number 0725 of Sunday, April 14 2019.

Alternatively, you can contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given in confidence.

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