30/06/2006

Woman and child assaulted in County Tyrone

Police in County Tyrone have appealed for information after a mother and her seven-year-old son were assaulted at their home yesterday afternoon.

It has been reported that at around 2.30pm, a woman in her 30's, arrived at her home in the Old Monaghan Road area of Clougher, along with her three children, only to find a grey coloured old style BMW parked in the driveway.

Two men got out of the vehicle, one of whom approached the woman and tried to pull her out of her car. When she resisted, the man assaulted her, striking her about the head and face. The woman's oldest child, aged seven, went to his mothers aid and was also assaulted by one of the men.

The men then got into their vehicle and made their escape, heading in the direction of the Springtown Road.

The woman was treated in hospital for head and facial injuries and her son left badly shaken by the ordeal.

The two other children, aged five and two-years-old, were not harmed during the incident.

The assailants are described as both being around 6 feet tall, with European accents.

They were both wearing gardening gloves, and old fashioned flat caps.

One of the man was wearing a grey coloured bomber jacket, with a collar.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have any information in relation to it, are asked to contact police on 0845 600 8000 or on the Crimestoppers number on 0800 555 111.

(EF/SP)

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