RESIDENTS have expressed their disgusted after an elderly lady was left badly bruised when she was pushed aside by a burglar.

A spate of burglaries targeted six elderly people living on Sharples Hall Drive, Templecombe Drive, Blackburn Road, and Stanrose Close in the early hours of Saturday morning.

In one horrific incident, an elderly lady was forced to seek help from a friend after a burglar made their way into her home.

The offender, who is believed to be a man, followed his victim to the property before pushing her and leaving her badly bruised.

Cllr Samantha Connor, who represents the Bromley Cross ward, said: “During a spate of burglaries in the early hours of Saturday morning, our elderly residents in Egerton were targeted.

“Two Bolton at Home residents were burgled, and one lady viciously pushed aside, resulting in severe bruising.

“We are appalled that our elderly are victims of this cruel act, and as co ordinator of Bromley Cross & Egerton Support Group, set up during lockdown, our volunteers quickly rallied to provide comfort and support – giving an afternoon tea to some of the residents affected.

“They are obviously still shaken by the event, but were happy to know they are being cared for by this community.”

One of the residents has contacted Bolton at Home, asking for the organisation to update security in the area following the incident.

Another burglary from the same evening forced a 90-year-old man to call police after a burglar broke into his Sharples bungalow.

The intruder stayed in the home whilst the security alarm was going off, only leaving after overhearing the call to emergency services.

Police are investigating six incidents across the area from Saturday morning, and have asked anyone with CCTV footage of the areas involved to contact them.

The first incident is believed to have happened on Sharples Hall Drive shortly after 1.30am, with the final incident in Stanrose Close believed to have taken place around 2.30am.

Any information about the crimes can be passed to Greater Manchester Police by calling the station on 0161 856 5629, or contacting 101, the non-emergency number.

Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.