Gardaí are investigating the assault and robbery of two elderly people in their house in Co Waterford last night.

The couple, both aged 79, were threatened with a hammer and a hatchet before being tied-up at their home in the Saleen area, near Brownstown Head, close to Tramore.

It is understood three or four men were involved in the incident and got away with some savings the couple had in the house.

Nicksie and Kathleen Dunphy have lived in their bungalow in this rural part of Waterford for decades.

Their two daughters said the couple were still too upset to talk.

There are more than 20 detectives and uniformed gardaí working on the case.

Superintendent Chris Delaney said these incidents are still rare but it is imperative those responsible are caught soon.