London violence reaches new low as woman, 90, is attacked in her own bed

A defiant pensioner has revealed the injuries she suffered in her own home in the hope that it will help track down her attackers. Iris Warner, 90, was found slipping in and out of consciousness in her home in Brent, North West London, where she has lived for decades.

Her memory of events is sketchy, but she remembers being woken up by a man standing over her who she believes then struck her in the face multiple times with ‘some kind of instrument’. Her bedroom has been left in disarray, suggesting that the intruder was looking for something. Her life hung in the balance following the attack earlier this week, but she has pulled through and her condition is improving.

Although she is still seriously ill, she has agreed to allow the pictures of herself be released to the public. It is not known exactly what happened to Iris because she has no recollection of events.

She was found at 12.45pm on Monday by her son Jeffrey, 60, and her sister Lesley Tranter, who is in her 70s, and the attack is believed to have happened some time after midday last Saturday. She was left with bruising all over her face and down the entire length of her body.

Mr Warner said: ‘We are shocked and appalled at the violence used against our mother Iris, better known as Anne to her friends and family – a defenceless 90-year-old-woman. ‘It has left us feeling stunned and sickened. We appeal for anyone with information that could assist police in their investigation to come forward. The person responsible must be brought to justice.’

Before her attack Iris was a ‘highly independent’ woman, visiting her local newsagent every day, using buses to do her regular shops at nearby supermarkets and enjoys doing crosswords. Detective Inspector Saj Hussain said: ‘This was a horrific attack carried out on a very vulnerable elderly woman in her own home, and must have been absolutely terrifying for Iris.

‘She has various medical complications on top of the injuries sustained in the assault that are likely to keep her in hospital for a very long time. ‘Her family are desperate for any information from the public that could help us catch this man. We would like the public to think back to last weekend into Monday 4, June about what they might have seen in the Brampton Road area.

‘Did you see anyone acting suspiciously in that location between midday on Saturday and midday on Monday, or did you see Iris herself at any point during this time in the area?

‘It is important not to dismiss any information you might have as unimportant – it could prove vital to our investigation. Please contact us as soon as possible if you know anything about this appalling crime or the person who may have committed it. Any information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Finally, I’d like to remind the public that crimes of this nature are incredibly rare, so we do not want the public to be alarmed. It always pays to be vigilant about anyone acting suspiciously that you see and to ensure that your home is as secure as you can make it.

‘There is comprehensive advice on the Met Police website with a checklist and tips on what steps to take to help protect your home.’ Anyone with information can contact Brent CID on 07747 476161. Alternatively call police via 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref: CAD 3347/4June. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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