Woman attacked on her doorstep by masked man with hammer in Astley Bridge

The scene of the incident in Chalfont Street, Astley Bridge

The scene of the incident in Chalfont Street, Astley Bridge

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A WOMAN was dragged to the floor by a masked intruder on her own doorstep.

The victim was sat in her living room in Chalfont Street, Astley Bridge, when she saw someone peering through the window at about 3.15pm yesterday.

Presuming it was a family member, she went round to the front door, where she was horrified to see a masked man carrying a hammer.

Frightened she would be attacked, the 44-year-old woman instinctively tried to run away through the open front door.

As she was trying to escape, the attacker noticed she was wearing gold bracelets and followed her out of the door.

The robber gripped the woman by her wrists and wrestled her to the floor, injuring her and damaging the jewellery as he did so.

However, the attacker failed to remove the bracelets and ran off before getting into a car parked nearby and driving off.

The woman was said to have been left in shock after the ordeal.

The attacker was white, medium build, about 5ft 2in tall and wearing a light coloured tracksuit bottoms, a black jacket, a black hat and either a balaclava or scarf to cover his face.

He was also wearing white trainers and what was said to be a slim hammer.

Police are now appealing to anyone with information to come forward.

Det Con Gary Dooley said: "This woman got the shock of her life to see a masked intruder stood in her hallway carrying a hammer.

"Unless you yourself have been through such a traumatic ordeal it would be hard to imagine just how scary this was.

"Instinctively she has tried to flee before she was attacked but the thief has followed her outside and physically dragged her to the floor in an attempt to get his hands on some jewellery.

"Thankfully he failed, but the intent was clearly there and he has subjected this woman to a terrifying physical and emotional ordeal.

"He is therefore someone we need to find quickly so we can arrest him and stop him from hurting anyone else."

He warned that the public should keep their windows and doors locked and to check their CCTV and alarm systems work.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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1:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Citizen Cane says...

what is the point of arresting this scumbag when all he will get is a suspended sentence?
what is the point of arresting this scumbag when all he will get is a suspended sentence? Citizen Cane
  • Score: 33

1:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sunfun says...

I think you will find “Chalfont Street” is south of the river and therefore is not in Astley Bridge.
I think you will find “Chalfont Street” is south of the river and therefore is not in Astley Bridge. sunfun
  • Score: 11

2:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Wolfie190 says...

These home robberies are happening to often in the Bolton area our judges need to be putting these people away for a long time.
These home robberies are happening to often in the Bolton area our judges need to be putting these people away for a long time. Wolfie190
  • Score: 47

3:26pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Back oth Bank Boy says...

It is BACK O'TH BANK, not Astley Bridge.
Camaron's cuts took police off the street, in good old days policeman and postman used to walk every street atleast once every day. We use to say that
Queen's representatives visiting our street everyday.we were safe.
It is BACK O'TH BANK, not Astley Bridge. Camaron's cuts took police off the street, in good old days policeman and postman used to walk every street atleast once every day. We use to say that Queen's representatives visiting our street everyday.we were safe. Back oth Bank Boy
  • Score: 14

3:43pm Fri 21 Feb 14

JustaBloke2000 says...

According to funding/grant shenanigans a few years back, Chalfont St is now Halliwell...

Either way, it's definitely not Astley Bridge.
According to funding/grant shenanigans a few years back, Chalfont St is now Halliwell... Either way, it's definitely not Astley Bridge. JustaBloke2000
  • Score: 12

4:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Asquith says...

He was 5 ft 2in tall? Shouldn't that be 5 ft 2 in short?
He was 5 ft 2in tall? Shouldn't that be 5 ft 2 in short? Asquith
  • Score: 6

4:30pm Fri 21 Feb 14

safpat2 says...

I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?
I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why? safpat2
  • Score: -15

4:40pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Hough64 says...

Why does there always seem to be some smartar5e on here trying to correct the locations in stories. Very anal and very boring!!
Why does there always seem to be some smartar5e on here trying to correct the locations in stories. Very anal and very boring!! Hough64
  • Score: 6

4:41pm Fri 21 Feb 14

boltonlife14 says...

scary that you cant even be safe in your own home now! funny how they all seem to be happening now weve had an influx of Immigrants arrive in the uk!
scary that you cant even be safe in your own home now! funny how they all seem to be happening now weve had an influx of Immigrants arrive in the uk! boltonlife14
  • Score: 1

5:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

melloj says...

Shoot the Bast**d! Please come to my house I've a nice sword waiting for you.
Shoot the Bast**d! Please come to my house I've a nice sword waiting for you. melloj
  • Score: -1

5:09pm Fri 21 Feb 14

lv8151 says...

safpat2 wrote:
I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?
there is ... YOU just have .... you must be proud of yourself for trying to incite racism
[quote][p][bold]safpat2[/bold] wrote: I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?[/p][/quote]there is ... YOU just have .... you must be proud of yourself for trying to incite racism lv8151
  • Score: 18

5:32pm Fri 21 Feb 14

waterbottle says...

God help him if they catch him in that area, let the residents deal with it.
God help him if they catch him in that area, let the residents deal with it. waterbottle
  • Score: 12

7:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

boltonnut says...

Hough64 wrote:
Why does there always seem to be some smartar5e on here trying to correct the locations in stories. Very anal and very boring!!
I agree with you Houghie,they are a bunch of ar5e holier than thous. I just hope that the unfortunate lady recovers from her ordeal and the dwarf gets his comeuppance,(pun intended).
[quote][p][bold]Hough64[/bold] wrote: Why does there always seem to be some smartar5e on here trying to correct the locations in stories. Very anal and very boring!![/p][/quote]I agree with you Houghie,they are a bunch of ar5e holier than thous. I just hope that the unfortunate lady recovers from her ordeal and the dwarf gets his comeuppance,(pun intended). boltonnut
  • Score: 5

8:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

longballs r us says...

safpat2 wrote:
I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?
I can understand where you are coming from, but no need to be like the raggamuffins that bring colour religon into it when it suits them.
It should not matter what background they are from apart from that an offence has been committed and the perpetrator needs to be caught.
[quote][p][bold]safpat2[/bold] wrote: I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?[/p][/quote]I can understand where you are coming from, but no need to be like the raggamuffins that bring colour religon into it when it suits them. It should not matter what background they are from apart from that an offence has been committed and the perpetrator needs to be caught. longballs r us
  • Score: 11

8:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

longballs r us says...

safpat2 wrote:
I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?
I can understand where you are coming from, but no need to be like the raggamuffins that bring colour religon into it when it suits them.
It should not matter what background they are from apart from that an offence has been committed and the perpetrator needs to be caught.
[quote][p][bold]safpat2[/bold] wrote: I see no one seems to be mentioning the race; colour religion of the attacker. I wonder why?[/p][/quote]I can understand where you are coming from, but no need to be like the raggamuffins that bring colour religon into it when it suits them. It should not matter what background they are from apart from that an offence has been committed and the perpetrator needs to be caught. longballs r us
  • Score: 4

8:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Greasy Chip Butty says...

Agree longballs r us. Only wish the regulars on this website would keep race, religion, colour and creed out of every single discussion.....
Agree longballs r us. Only wish the regulars on this website would keep race, religion, colour and creed out of every single discussion..... Greasy Chip Butty
  • Score: 4

8:54pm Fri 21 Feb 14

aardwolf says...

hmm.. this sounds like a fairytale.
5'2, middle of the day, carrying a small hammer?
hmm.. this sounds like a fairytale. 5'2, middle of the day, carrying a small hammer? aardwolf
  • Score: 4

8:30am Sat 22 Feb 14

RealisticMoi says...

sunfun wrote:
I think you will find “Chalfont Street” is south of the river and therefore is not in Astley Bridge.
I don't think anybody cares where the location exactly is. I hope the lady makes a speedy recovery
[quote][p][bold]sunfun[/bold] wrote: I think you will find “Chalfont Street” is south of the river and therefore is not in Astley Bridge.[/p][/quote]I don't think anybody cares where the location exactly is. I hope the lady makes a speedy recovery RealisticMoi
  • Score: 5

12:44pm Sat 22 Feb 14

asptec says...

Back oth Bank Boy wrote:
It is BACK O'TH BANK, not Astley Bridge.
Camaron's cuts took police off the street, in good old days policeman and postman used to walk every street atleast once every day. We use to say that
Queen's representatives visiting our street everyday.we were safe.
Things are getting better according to Cameron.
[quote][p][bold]Back oth Bank Boy[/bold] wrote: It is BACK O'TH BANK, not Astley Bridge. Camaron's cuts took police off the street, in good old days policeman and postman used to walk every street atleast once every day. We use to say that Queen's representatives visiting our street everyday.we were safe.[/p][/quote]Things are getting better according to Cameron. asptec
  • Score: 0

11:08pm Sat 22 Feb 14

1966Angel says...

Well done people of Bolton, I was expecting you to accuse Cliff Morris of moving Chalfont Street for as backhander...
Well done people of Bolton, I was expecting you to accuse Cliff Morris of moving Chalfont Street for as backhander... 1966Angel
  • Score: 1

12:54am Sun 23 Feb 14

sunfun says...

1966Angel wrote:
Well done people of Bolton, I was expecting you to accuse Cliff Morris of moving Chalfont Street for as backhander...
well even cliff has his limits ( but don't tell him to his face)
[quote][p][bold]1966Angel[/bold] wrote: Well done people of Bolton, I was expecting you to accuse Cliff Morris of moving Chalfont Street for as backhander...[/p][/quote]well even cliff has his limits ( but don't tell him to his face) sunfun
  • Score: 2

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