Manhunt launched after woman (88) suffers 'brutal' assault during house raid
Detectives have launched a manhunt after a pensioner was brutally assaulted in her own home.
The 88-year-old woman was asleep in bed at her home in Chorley, Lancashire, when she was woken up at around 12.30am on Saturday to find a man assaulting her and demanding money.
The attacker pulled her from the bed and the assault continued. He also ransacked the house in Aspen Gardens before making off.
The victim managed to crawl to a neighbour's house and the police were called.
Police said the pensioner was taken to Wigan Hosptial where she is being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.
Extra police patrols are being conducted in the area while inquiries continue to locate the offender who is described as a young white man who spoke with a local accent.
Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson, of Lancashire Police, said: "This was a brutal and sustained assault on an elderly lady in her own home. The level of gratuitous violence used on this vulnerable woman simply beggars belief and it is a miracle she was not more seriously injured.
"We are actively seeking this offender and we have a number of inquiries which we are pursuing to find him but I would appeal to anyone in the community who knows who this man is to get in touch with us. I am appealing specifically to members of the criminal fraternity to provide me with information to identify this cowardly attacker."
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0055 of Saturday, August 26, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.