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Second arrest in Blackburn robbery investigation

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

DETECTIVES investigating the robbery of a woman in Blackburn have arrested a second teenager.

The 14 year old, from Blackburn, was arrested yesterday (Monday, January 8th) on suspicion of burglary and robbery and is currently in custody.

A second 14 year old also arrested yesterday remains in custody.

The 51 year old victim was attacked in Belper Street at about 7am on Friday, January 5th by an offender armed with a length of wood with nails protruding from it. She suffered serious injuries to her face and broken bones in her hands as she tried to defend herself. She is currently being treated in hospital.

The offender stole the victim’s keys and mobile phone and used the keys to get in to victim’s place of work, a newsagent on Pelham Street where they stole cash and made off.

A weapon has now been recovered.

Detectives have launched an investigation and are appealing for information.

Detective Inspector Paul Barlow, of Blackburn CID, said: “This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a woman which has left her with some horrendous injuries. “I would appeal to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or who has any information to contact us.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 225 of January 5th or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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