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Woman, 76, seriously hurt in suspected carjacking in Oldham

Dorothy Cooper Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption Dorothy Cooper is being treated in hospital after she was run over by her own car

A 76-year-old woman has been seriously injured after a suspected carjacking in which she was run over by her own car.

Dorothy Cooper got out of her vehicle in a car park off Sandy Lane in Royton, Oldham at about 13:50 BST on Wednesday when she was told there was a problem with it, witnesses told police.

As she was checking her white Hyundai i10, a man allegedly jumped in and drove over her.

A man, 45, has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

The car was found about three miles away in Buersil Avenue, Rochdale.

'Strong lady'

Mrs Cooper is being treated in hospital, and her family have appealed for help to find out what happened.

Grandson Matthew Cooper said: "My grandma is a very strong lady. She has gone through a very difficult couple of years, losing her son and her husband and just when she was back on her feet, someone has quite literally knocked her down.

"She is in a very serious condition and has a long road to recovery. The injuries she's sustained would be difficult for a young and healthy person to overcome."

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