Humberside

Scunthorpe pensioners attacked in burglary: Two arrested

Scunthorpe attack property
Image caption The elderly couple remain in hospital following the attack in their Scunthorpe home

A man and a woman have been arrested by detectives investigating a burglary in which an elderly couple were left with serious injuries.

A 90-year-old man suffered throat injuries and his wife, in her 80s, was left with head injuries when they were assaulted at their home in Elm Grove, Scunthorpe, on Tuesday.

Officers are questioning a man aged 22 on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

Police are holding a woman aged 27 on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A Humberside Police spokesman said: "The elderly couple injured in the aggravated burglary remain in hospital and are both described as being stable."

'Vulnerable' victims

Police were alerted after members of the public reported seeing a man running from the pensioners' home.

A man was seen driving away in a white van following the attack, which happened at about 17:20 GMT.

Det Insp Jon Cross said on Tuesday evening: "This was a vicious attack on two elderly and vulnerable members of the community in their own home."

A 36-year-old man arrested in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, on Christmas Eve has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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