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5 August 2013, 14:09
Police have arrested a man in connection with a violent robbery in Bolton that's left an 87-year-old seriously injured in hospital.
The victim suffered a stroke and was left with bleeding on the brain after he was beaten round the head by an intruder.
The thief broke into the man's home in Longfield Road, Bolton, by climbing through a living room window in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He confronted the pensioner as he lay in bed, startled, before punching him several times in the face.
The robber got away with the man's bank book, wallet and cheque book.
Detective Inspector Denise Pye said: "This man was awoken, only to find an intruder standing over him making threat
"Before he knew what was happening, he was savagely attacked and a result of this ferocious assault, he sustained a stroke and has been diagnosed with a bleed to his brain.
"He is currently in a serious condition in hospital and is being treated for his injuries. Our thoughts are with him and we hope he makes a recovery.
"This was clearly a shocking crime and I'm sure people in this community will rightly be outraged at what has happened.
"That is why we are appealing to anyone living in this area who might have information about what happened to come forward.
"Whatever information you may have could be crucial to finding the offender and ensuring justice is done.
"I urge people in the strongest terms that if they do know something or have any suspicions about who may be involved that they call us."
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, 0161 856 5599 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.