A helpless 90-year-old woman was hospitalised with grave injuries after getting violently beaten by an intruder who broke into her home.
Iris Warner awoke underneath an intruder who she believes repeatedly struck her over the head with a weapon.
It’s possible Iris may have lay there unconscious for days before she was discovered by her son Jeffrey.
Although no longer in the critical condition she was immediately following the attack, the pensioner remains incredibly ill.
Mr Warner said in a statement reported by The Mirror:
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.
In a series of shocking photos released by her family and the Metropolitan Police, we can see the true extent of the horror she experienced at the hands of that low-life.
A police spokesperson said:
As Iris has been unable to provide a definitive account of events, police cannot be more specific at this time.
Iris has told officers that she does remember being woken up in bed by a man standing over her who she believes struck her in the face multiple times with some kind of instrument.
However, she cannot provide any further description of her assailant.
The bedroom had been left in a messy manner indicating the man had conducted a hurried search for items but at this time it has not been established if anything was stolen.
While such crimes are statistically very rare, police in Brent have acted quickly to provide extra patrols in the vicinity of Brampton Road in order to reassure the public – and are urging residents to remain aware, but not alarmed.
Detective Inspector Saj Hussain, from Brent CID, added:
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.
Let’s hope justice is done for Iris.
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.