A ‘tough cookie’ 95-year-old has been injured after bravely taking on five teenage thugs who broke into her home at night.
The intruders allegedly scrambled through a small open window into the woman’s home in Manchester at around 9pm on Thursday.
Alerted by the sound of the boys ransacking her house, the pensioner came out of the living room and confronted them, The Manchester Evening News reports.
But she was shoved to the ground by one of the offenders during a struggle.
The group, believed to be aged between 15 and 16, then allegedly launched an old typewriter through the kitchen window and fled through it.
Detective Constable Rachel Wood, of Greater Manchester Police’s City of Manchester Division, said: “Although this lady is a tough cookie, she has been left distraught and injured as a result of this incident.
“The comfort of a person’s own home is where they should feel safest but these animals smashed their way in to the property without a second thought for the woman living there.
"We cannot allow this kind of thing to happen to those most vulnerable in our society.
"This could have been anybody’s grandmother and I want to appeal to anyone with information that can help us find those responsible to please come forward and contact police.”
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The incident occurred in the Northenden area of the city.
The teenagers are said to have escaped through the woman”s back garden on Homewood Road onto the Princess Parkway, in the direction of Northern Moor.
The woman suffered minor injuries, but is said to be ‘in shock’ following the ordeal.
Three of the offenders have been described as white, and two black.
All of them are believed to be aged 15 to 16 years-old and were wearing black clothing.
Anyone with any information has been asked to call police on 0161 856 3971 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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