York & North Yorkshire

Leyburn woman arrested over hammer attack

Police investigating a hammer attack on an 84-year-old woman in a Yorkshire Dales market town have arrested a 47-year-old woman.

The woman from the Leyburn area was arrested on Monday night and is in police custody for questioning.

The victim was released from hospital after treatment for head injuries.

She was attacked 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She had just withdrawn money from her bank and police said the robber fled with "a large amount of cash".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 victim was treated by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

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, called it a "horrific attack" on an elderly woman in broad daylight.

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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