Hunt for ‘scum’ who battered elderly woman, 93, in her bed and burgled her home

Police have lunched a hunt for the thugs who battered a sleeping elderly lady in her bed and left her with horror injuries to her face.

The woman was asleep in her home in Vauxhall, Merseyside, when the burglars broke into her home and launched their vicious assault.

They clasped a hand around the pensioner’s face to stop her shouting before brutally beating her up during the attack at 3am on Wednesday.

The terrified lady was unable to move as the gang stole cash from her home before fleeing the scene.

The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke, shared details of the story on Twitter and branded those responsible as "scum".

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He tweeted: “This is horrendous. Please help us catch the scum who did this. And don't give me any of that no grass culture nonsense.

“This is a 93-year-old woman in her own house who should be afforded respect and dignity. Someone knows who did this.”

The pensioner was later taken to hospital for treatment for shock and bruising to her face.

Det Sgt Richie Shillito said: "Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in their own homes and this was a particularly cowardly and despicable incident involving an elderly lady who was left badly shaken and with visible injuries.

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"I know that members of the public will be shocked by what has taken place and I would appeal for their help in finding out who is responsible and bringing them to justice.

"Were you in the area around Herm Road in the early hours of this morning and saw anyone or anything suspicious? Did you capture anything significant on your car’s dash-cam or CCTV camera? Please come forward and speak to us so that we can take positive action.

"We understand the huge impact that incidents such as this have on our local communities. Since we launched our dedicated Operation Castle we have seen a significant decrease in the number of burglaries but we are committed to finding those who are responsible and putting them behind bars."

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