Man arrested on attempted murder of pensioner is sectioned

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A man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of an 85-year-old woman has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Police were called to an address in School Lane, Heysham, by the ambulance service at 11.45am Thursday, after reports of the woman suffering a serious head injury after being assaulted by a man with what is thought to be a paving stone.

The woman was unconscious and taken to Royal Preston Hospital by air ambulance for treatment. Her condition was described as serious on Friday.

A 57-year-old man from Heysham has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and was in police custody yesterday.

Sources told the Evening Post there was an incident inside the property, on a quiet road of semi-detached homes in the village.

Barman Ashley Hanson, 23, who works at nearby Heysham Old Hall pub, said: “We heard the air ambulance landing and the locals came in and said they had seen it land in a field.

“I’m shocked at what’s happened. I’ve worked here for five years and its a very quiet calm part of the village with a lot of elderly people. Nothing like this has happened before. Some of them come in here.”

It is understood the air ambulance landed on the field of St Peter’s CE primary school.

Headteacher David McPartlin told the school’s community that paramedics had sought permission to land on the field but that it hadn’t impacted on the children as they were not on the field at the time.

A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service said paramedics were called from an unknown source to reports of an elderly lady with a head injury.