Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross appeals to public for information.

By Bill Heaney

Police are still appealing for information about a mindless thug who broke into a house in Dumbarton and sickeningly assaulted an 85-year-old woman who is suffering from dementia.

The terrifying attack took place early on Sunday morning between 1.45 and 2.45am when the elderly woman was alone within her home at Hawthornhill Road in Castlehill.

The assailant broke into the property and assaulted the frail old woman, who has dementia.

She was taken by ambulance to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley, where she is being treated for head and facial injuries.

Hospital staff describe her condition as serious but stable.

Detectives are still trying to establish if anything was stolen from the house, although it appears astonishingly that the attacker may have run off with a large summer umbrella from the garden.

Detective Inspector Ogilvie Ross said: “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 information is asked to contact Clydebank Police Office through 101, quoting reference number 0725 of 14th April.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be maintained.

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