Elderly woman who tried to stop robbery attacked with crowbar

The woman caught a man trying to open a church donation box

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An elderly woman has been attacked with a crowbar after catching a man trying to force open a church donation box in Armagh.

The woman, who is aged in her 70s, has been left shaken and bruised after the incident.

A man has been charged in connection with the incident in Portadown on Friday afternoon.

The woman caught a man trying to force open a church donation box.

It is understood the man also demanded money from the woman.

At first she refused to hand over her purse - but when the man struck her with the crowbar she gave him a sum of cash.

The woman was left shaken and bruised after the attack, which is believed to have happened at a church in the William Street area.

A 45-year-old man is due before Lisburn Magistrates Court tomorrow.