Police are appealing for witnesses after a 55-year-old woman was violently assaulted in her home in Manchester.

Emergency services were called to an address on Beresford Street at around 4.15pm yesterday after reports that a woman had been stabbed.

The victim was with her young grandson at the time of the assault.

The offender is described as a black woman in her 20s with braided, shoulder-length hair, police have said she was wearing dark clothing and was carrying a large dark green bag.

Police believe that she stole a laptop and fled the scene in the direction of Claremont Road.

Beresford Street and Claremont Road are linked by an alleyway. Credit: Google Maps

The victim was taken to hospital and remains is said to be in a stable condition, her grandson was assessed by paramedics and had no visible injuries.

Emergency services attended and the victim was taken to hospital with significant injuries to her upper body, arms and head. She remains there in a stable condition.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to get in touch.

Detective Inspector Mark Astbury, of GMP’s City of Manchester Division, said: “This was a brutal and unprovoked attack and we are currently treating it as a case of attempted murder.

“Undoubtedly this will cause concern among the local community and residents, but I want to stress that we are doing everything in our power to trace the woman responsible.

"This is a particularly unusual attack in that the victim was subjected to a violent assault within her own home and I must make it clear that we will not tolerate this kind of violence on our streets."

Anyone with information can contact police on 0161 856 4409, quoting incident number 2090 of 13/11/2019, alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.