Man held after woman, 88, suffers 'brutal' assault in house raid in UK

Police investigating what they described as a brutal assault on a pensioner in her home have arrested a man.

The 88-year-old woman was asleep in bed at her home in Chorley, Lancashire, when she was woken 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.

Police said a 35-year-old man from Chorley had been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Detective Inspector Warren Atkinson of Lancashire Police said: "I would like to thank the public for their incredible response to our appeal for information following this incident.

"As a result of their help and through police inquiries we now have a man in custody and he will be questioned in due course."

Earlier, police said the victim managed to crawl to a neighbour's house and the alarm was raised.

The pensioner was taken to Wigan Hosptial where she is being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log number 0055 of Saturday August 26, or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Man held after woman, 88, suffers 'brutal' assault in house raid in UK

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