Pensioner smashed over head with whisky bottle in Sunderland tower block attack

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A PENSIONER was smashed over the head with a whisky bottle during a tower block assault.

The 73-year-old was returning to her flat when the attacker struck, leaving her with a gash on her face.

Shocked fellow residents from Amble Tower in Lakeside Village rang police while others helped the OAP to the safety of a nearby hairdresser’s.

After arriving at the scene at 9.30am yesterday, police arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of assault and he spent the day being questioned by officers.

The injured woman, who has lived in the block for a number of years, was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital and treated for her injuries.

Anne Roberts, 68, who was visiting a friend at the tower yesterday, said: “The woman was coming into the flats when this man has attacked her, everyone’s been talking about it.

“He had a whisky bottle in his hand and for some reason he’s hit her over the head with it. It’s terrible, the woman was well known here and we can’t believe something so terrible could happen on her own doorstep.”

A resident of Amble Tower, who asked not to be named, said: “There was a bit of commotion when it happened and everyone was wondering what was going on.”

Northumbria Police confirmed today they were questioning a man in connection to the assault. The woman’s injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Ian Porter, managing director of Gentoo Sunderland, which owns Amble Tower, said: “The incident is currently subject to a full investigation by the police.

“Tackling antisocial behaviour is high on our agenda and we take incidents like this very seriously. We are working closely with the police while they conclude their enquiries.”