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Woman, 89, injured in park attack

Lister Park
The assault happened near to Lister Park's bandstand

An 89-year-old woman has been left seriously injured after a "despicable attack" by a group of youths in a park in Bradford.

The victim suffered a dislocated shoulder and fractures to her arm and hip when she was pushed over in Lister Park, Manningham, on Wednesday.

West Yorkshire Police described the four suspects as Asian or Eastern European males aged 15 to 18.

They stole the woman's bag containing her bus pass and about £30 in cash.

The victim, who runs a local keep fit class, was walking with another woman when she was attacked near a bandstand.

Her 79-year-old friend was unhurt but "shaken", police said.

Det Insp Patrick O'Neill, from Bradford South CID, said: "This was a despicable attack on an elderly lady.

"The 89-year-old victim is very active for her age but is now bed-ridden in hospital because of these people."

He added: I'm also appealing to the local community.

"If you know who did this then please tell us - don't protect these suspects. The victim could have been your mother or grandmother."



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