Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following an attempted robbery of a woman in her 70s.

The crime occurred in Sandymount at a bus stop on Newgrove Avenue shortly before 7pm last night.

The elderly lady was approached by a lone male who, following a struggle to get her handbag, made off with nothing.

The man is thought to have been in his early 20s.

The woman sustained a number of injuries in the struggle and was taken to St Vincents Hospital for treatment.

Her injuries are not life threatening.

Gardaí in Irishtown are keen to speak to anyone who may have been at the bus stop on Newgrove Avenue last night.

Anyone with any information to contact Irishtown Garda Station 01 6669600, The Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.