Leeds & West Yorkshire

Man in court over attacks on women in Leeds

Pendas Walk, Leeds
Image caption An 86-year-old woman is in hospital in Leeds after being attacked at her home

A 33-year-old man has appeared in court accused of attacking two elderly women in their homes in Leeds.

Mark Glasswell, of no fixed address, appeared at the city's magistrates' court charged with grievous bodily harm, aggravated burglary and arson.

A court spokesman said he was also charged with false imprisonment and two counts of robbery.

Mr Glasswell was remanded in custody. He will appear again on 22 September at Leeds Crown Court.

An 86-year-old woman suffered serious head injuries when she was assaulted at her house on Friday.

On Sunday a 78-year-old woman was attacked and her house caught fire. She escaped with minor injuries.

The 86-year-old woman was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she is in a serious but stable condition.

Police said the second woman was treated in hospital for her injuries and had since been released.

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