Police are appealing for information after a woman in her 70s was assaulted during a spate of burglaries across Bolton on Friday 15 May.

The elderly woman suffered minor injuries and did not require hospital treatment.

The burglar stole several items including a purse, wallet, money, food and drink.

Inspector Nicola Williams, from GMP’s Bolton District, said: “It is clear this offender has callously targeted residences occupied by vulnerable elderly victims.

“These crimes have left innocent victims frightened of being in their own homes.

“I would urge anyone who has any information that could assist us in finding the person responsible to contact the police immediately.

“I would also like to reassure the community that we are doing all we can to protect residents and find those responsible.

“I have a dedicated team of officers investigating these incidents and you will see extra patrols in these areas over the coming days and weeks.

“Please stay vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”

The offender is described as a white man wearing dark clothing, black trousers, a black face covering, a black duffel coat and gloves.

Between 11.30pm on Friday 15 May and 2.30am on Saturday 16 May, police were called to five separate burglaries at bungalows.

All five burglaries, in the Astley Bridge, Sharples and Egerton areas of Bolton, are being treated as linked by officers.

An officer broke into an address on Bracken Close and two properties on Sharples Hall Fold, while two other incidents took place on Stanrose Close at around 2.30am on Saturday morning.

On this occasion, a woman in her 70s was attacked by a man as she tried to make him leave.

No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.

Police have urged anyone with information to contact them on 0161 856 5761 or email boltonnorth@gmp.police.uk with details.