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Grandmother who was attacked by burglars is in "life-threatening condition"

Barbara Dransfield was attacked when her home in Ashton-under-Lyne was broken into on Tuesday. Credit: Manchester Evening News

A grandmother who was attacked by burglars who broke into her home in the middle of the night is in a life threatening condition in hospital.

Barbara Dransfield, 63, was in her wheelchair when she was beaten by two masked men at her home in Ashton-under-Lyne on Tuesday.

On Friday she spoke to Granada Reports from her hospital bed. This morning she was taken to intensive care when she remains in a coma.

Speaking to Manchester Evening News, her husband Leonard, 65, said she has been taken into the intensive care unit at North Manchester General Hospital where doctors say her condition is life-threatening.

He said: “She has been taken into ICU and put into a coma and on life support.

“During the night she took a turn for the worse. She seemed to be getting better but last night that was it.”

  • Granada Reports was unable to reach Greater Manchester Police or North Manchester General Hospital for comment.


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Grandmother who was battered with baseball bat speaks to Granada from hospital bed

A grandmother has described being beaten with a baseball bat as two masked men broke into her home in the night.

Barbara Dransfield, who's 63 and from Ashton, suffered a fractured skull and needs surgery to rebuild her face.

Barbara, who was in her wheelchair, managed to ring her husband to beg for help, as the men kept beating her - demanding cash.

From her hospital bed she's spoken to our correspondent Elaine Willcox.


Drug dealer jailed for criminal damage and drug offences.

James Loose Credit: GMP

James Loose, 34, of Ashurst Road, Manchester has been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today, to a total of 7 years, 6 months and 28 days.

He previously pleaded guilty to supply of Class A drugs, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, possession of Class B drugs, and criminal damage. He received separate sentences of 3 years and 9 months, 3 years and 9 months , 7 days and 21 days for the respective offences to served concurrently, meaning he will spend 3 years and 9 months in prison.

The court heard that in January of this year, Loose had been involved in a dispute with another man which led to him threatening the man and smashing a window at his house.

Following a report made to police, a warrant was executed at an address in south Manchester and found Loose there attempting to flush items down the toilet.

At the property police seized quantities of cocaine, cannabis and cash as well as electronic scales, four mobile phones, body armour and sheets of paper used as ‘drugs debtors’ list.

Detective Constable Louise Moss of GMP’s City of Manchester team said:

James Loose brought misery to the lives of many people in south Manchester and his sentence will bring some relief to those he has terrorised.

– Detective Constable Louise Moss
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