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97-year-old woman with dementia attacked and robbed in care home break in

Police have released images of a man they want to speak to Credit: Greater Manchester Police
Credit: Dave Brown ITV Granada
Credit: Dave Brown, ITV Granada

Police are hunting for a robber who broke into a care home in Leigh and attached a 97-year-old woman with dementia.

The victim’s bedroom was one of three broken into during the horrific incident on Battersby street in Leigh.

She suffered minor injuries, but police say they could have been much worse.

It is believed that the break-in happened sometime between 4am and 7am on Saturday morning.

Police have now released an image of the man they believe is responsible for the robbery, and are hoping the public can help identify him.

Chief Superintendent Stuart Ellison, Territorial Commander for the Wigan Borough said: "How someone could sink so low as to break into a care home is beyond me. My thoughts are with the lady, I am so glad her injuries weren't more serious.

"We are keen to identify the man in the CCTV. He is seen to be riding a bicycle and carrying a suitcase that we believe was stolen from one of the rooms.

"We have stepped up patrols in the area as our investigation continues.

"Anyone who saw anyone acting suspicious in the area last night or may have any idea who this man could be, is asked to contact police as soon as possible."