Blackburn woman hit in face with wooden plank containing nails

Belper Street, Blackburn Image copyright Google
Image caption The woman was walking along Belper Street when she was attacked

A boy has been arrested after a woman was hit in the face with a plank of wood with nails sticking out of it.

The 51-year-old was attacked on Belper Street, Blackburn at about 07:00 GMT on Friday, Lancashire Police said.

She had the keys to her work - which was later broken into - stolen along with her mobile phone. She remains in hospital with serious injuries to her face and broken bones in her hands.

A local 14-year-old is being held on suspicion of burglary and robbery.

Police said money was taken from the newsagents where the woman works on Pelham Street.

Appealing for information, a force spokesman said the victim had suffered a "horrific and unprovoked attack" which had left her with "some horrendous injuries".

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