York & North Yorkshire

Leyburn woman attacked with hammer

An 84-year-old woman has been attacked with a hammer by a female robber in a Yorkshire Dales market town.

The victim suffered head injuries in the attack in public toilets near the Posthorn Tea and Coffee Shop in Leyburn Market Place on Monday morning.

She had just withdrawn money from her bank and police said the robber fled with "a large amount of cash".

The suspect is a white woman in her 40s with mid-length brown hair. She was wearing a burgundy winter coat.

Her victim, who suffered head injuries, was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital, where she was in a stable condition.

'Horrific attack'

As well as being struck with a hammer she was also hit with her own walking stick, police added.

Det Insp Andrea Kell, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "This is a horrific attack on an elderly woman in broad daylight and is it vital that we find the person responsible.

"I am appealing to any members of the public who were in the market place today [Monday] to contact us if they believe they can assist the investigation, or anyone who knows who carried out this shocking attack to contact us as a matter of urgency."

She said the victim was hit on the head four times before her handbag was taken. The bag was later found in a separate block of public toilets near the cinema with the contents missing.

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