Detectives investigating assault appeal for potentially key witness

Detectives investigating a serious assault in Burnley are appealing for a potentially key witness to come forward.

Friday, 8th December 2017, 8:31 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:11 pm
Police want to speak with a potentially key witness

The 73-year-old victim was attacked when he answered the door of his home in Rossetti Avenue at or around 6 - 6-15pm on Friday, December 1st. He was seriously assaulted to the head, police believe possibly with a hammer.

The man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Police are continuing to investigate the attack for which there is currently no motive and they are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

They are especially keen to speak to a witness who left Rossetti Avenue and went on to Reynolds Street before entering the Londis shop. He was wearing dark clothes, including a hooded jacket, and has facial hair.

Police are also advising people in the area to remain alert but not alarmed and to take precautions when answering the door.

Det. Chief Insp. Marie Haworth, of East CID, said: “The victim of this assault remains in a very serious condition in hospital and our enquiries are on-going.

“I am very keen to speak to the man described as we believe he could be a key witness for us and I would urge him to come forward.

“The motive for this assault remains unclear at this stage but we have a team of detectives and uniformed officers and staff working hard to identify those responsible.

“We are continuing to carry enquiries in the area and checking CCTV but we also need the public’s help and I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious on Friday evening, or in the lead up to this incident, to get in touch.

“Incidents like this are extremely rare but as an extra precaution we have got some extra patrols in the area and if anyone has any concerns or information then they should speak to an officer.

“I would advise people to be careful when opening the door, especially at night, to ensure you know who is there when you answer. If you have a door chain then use it so you can see who is there before you open the door.”

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting log number 1192 of December 1st.