Woman, 70, attacked by car thief in Somercotes

A 70-year-old woman is in hospital with serious head and eye injuries after being knocked to the ground by a car thief in Somercotes, Derbyshire.

The robber attacked her in Birchwood Lane at about 0810 GMT on Saturday before grabbing her car-keys and driving off in her black Volvo estate.

The attacker is described as white, in his early 20sand wore jeans with a dark top.

Detectives condemned the attack as "cowardly" and appealed for witnesses.

The victim's face struck the road surface and she is currently undergoing observation in hospital, where her condition is described as "stable".

The stolen car was later found in Rodgers Lane, Alfreton.

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