BBC Home
Explore the BBC
BBC News
Launch consoleBBC NEWS CHANNEL
Last Updated: Monday, 26 May, 2003, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
Woman loses leg after grenade blast
The house in Liverpool where the explosion took place
The woman was injured in her own home
A grandmother who was injured when a grenade was thrown into her Liverpool home has had to have a leg amputated.

Esther Jonas, 63, was injured in the attack at her house in Canning Street, Toxteth, on Thursday evening.

Doctors at Whiston Hospital have also amputated a finger and were fighting to save her other leg on Monday.

Merseyside Police have appealed to the criminal fraternity in Toxteth to come forward with information about the source of the hand grenade.

Ms Jonas was left with shrapnel wounds to her leg and back following the explosion.

Attempted murder

She had been in the front room of the house when the device was thrown into the window.

Three children - aged four months to seven years - who were in the house were treated for shock after the blast.

Merseyside Police are treating the incident as attempted murder.

On Saturday, Detective Inspector Steve Dixon said: "We are sure that someone will know who is responsible for this attack and I would ask them to come forward and give us information which could help.

"Anyone who would commit such a indiscriminate crime, which has hurt innocent victims, should not be sheltered by the wider community, or by criminal fraternities."

Fresh appeal over grenade blast
24 May 03  |  Merseyside
Grenade caused house blast
24 May 03  |  Merseyside
House explosion 'deliberate'
23 May 03  |  Merseyside

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific