DETECTIVES are investigating the violent robbery of a woman in Blackburn.
The 51 year old victim was attacked in Belper Street at about 7am today (Friday, January 5th) by an offender armed with a length of wood with nails protruding from it.
She suffered serious injuries to her face and broken bones in her hands as she tried to defend herself. She is currently in hospital awaiting surgery.
The offender stole the victim’s keys and mobile phone and used the keys to get in to victim’s place of work, a newsagent on Pelham Street where they stole cash and made off.
The weapon has now been recovered.
Detectives have launched an investigation and are appealing for information.
The attacker is described as stocky, 5ft 10ins, wearing a black coat, grey trousers and black footwear. He had his face covered.
Detective Inspector Paul Barlow, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a woman which has left her with some horrendous injuries.
“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who has any information to contact us.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 0225 of today, January 5th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.