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Pensioner targeted in Burnley attack

Police are hunting a man who carried out an aggravated burglary in the home of an 81-year-old woman in Burnley.

A man armed with a hammer forced his way into her home and demanded that she hand over money.

He ran away along Accrington Road when the woman said she didn't have any.

Police say that she was left extremely frightened and upset, although she didn't suffer any injuries.

Detectives describe the man as being five feet nine inches tall and of slim build. He spoke with a foreign accent and was wearing a black jacket with a high visibility vest over the top.

This must have been an absolutely terrifying experience for this elderly lady. It is fortunate that she was not physically hurt during this unnerving ordeal. We have a number of enquiries ongoing and I would appeal for the public’s help so we can identify this offender.

– Detective Constable Sarah Whittaker, Burnley CID