Cumbria

Egremont burglars assault 81-year-old in wheelchair

An elderly women has been assaulted in her home by burglars who snatched a gold chain from her neck.

The 81-year-old, from Whitegate in Egremont, Cumbria, was knocked out of her wheelchair in the attack.

The men knocked on her door at about 21:25 GMT on Thursday and demanded money before grabbing her jewellery and running away, Cumbria Police said.

Two men from Egremont, aged 23 and 22, have been arrested on suspicion of robbery.

Det Ch Insp Roy Ledingham said it had been a "terrifying incident for the victim".

"I'm sure the public would share our disgust that anyone would do this to an elderly person," he said.

The force is appealing for information.

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