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More arrests in violent Ashton pensioner home attack.
Thursday 28th July 2016 @ 18:25 by Nigel P.

Three arrests have been made by police investigating the brutal attack that
that left a disabled 65-year-old woman with a fractured skull during the course of a violent burglary in Ashton .

Two men forced their way into the home Barbara Dransfied on Neal Avenue and demanded money from her between 12.40am and 2.42am on Tuesday 19 July 2016.

Mrs Dransfield was attacked by both men who were armed with a knife and baseball bat which they used to cause injuries to her arms, a fractured skull and multiple facial fractures.

The men searched the property before fleeing the scene.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment where she remains in a stable condition.

A 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion on aggravated burglary and a 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary.

All three men have been bailed pending further enquiries.

A 29-year-old man previously arrested also remains on bail.

Detective Inspector Alison Whittaker, of GMP’s Tameside borough, said: “This attack has left a disabled woman who was alone at home with some nasty injuries.

“We have now arrested four men in connection with this attack. All four have been bailed, but I would still appeal to the public for any information that can help with our investigation.”

The attack and distressing photograph of the victim revealing her injuries in graphic detail have attracted national media attention – even inspiring notorious offender and prisoner Charles Bronson to raise money for her from his prison cell through his art work.

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimstoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.