Leeds & West Yorkshire

Arrest after elderly women attacked during break-ins

Pendas Walk, Leeds
Image caption An 86-year-old woman was seriously injured in one of the attacks

A 33-year-old man has been arrested by police investigating attacks on two elderly women in their Leeds homes.

An 86-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries when she was assaulted at her house on Pendas Walk on Friday.

On Sunday a 78-year-old woman was attacked and her house on Oakwood Park was set on fire. She managed to escape with minor injuries.

West Yorkshire Police said the man was detained on Monday in an operation involving the police helicopter.

Items stolen

He is in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary.

The man was detained at the Dib Lane junction with the city's Easterly Road, in a planned police operation.

The 86-year-old woman was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she is in a serious but stable condition.

Some of her personal belongings were stolen in the incident.

Police said the 78-year-old woman was treated in hospital for her injuries and has since been released.

Officers are carrying out high visibility patrols in the areas where the incidents took place.

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