Woman sexually assaulted by intruder at care home in sick New Year's Day attack

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A man was arrested at the scene (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
A man was arrested at the scene (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Police have arrested a suspected intruder after an elderly woman was reportedly attacked and sexually assaulted inside a care home in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The incident happened at a care home in Shaw, Oldham, Greater Manchester just before 3am after reports of an unknown man being spotted at the home.

Police confirmed an elderly woman was taken to hospital after they received more reports that the resident had been the victim of a serious sexual assault and assault.

A 21-year-old male was arrested at the scene and has been taken to custody for further questioning.

Superintendent Phillip Hutchinson told the Manchester Evening News: "Specialist officers are currently supporting the victim and her loved ones at what is undoubtedly a difficult and distressing time, and they are assisting with our investigation.

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Woman sexually assaulted by intruder at care home in sick New Year's Day attackPolice remain at the scene (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

"We understand the effect this will have on residents, families, and staff at the care home and the wider community.

"We have deployed a number of uniformed officers and specialist officers to scene and the local area to ensure this incident is investigated thoroughly and provide reassurance to the residents, their loved ones, and the local community.

"Alongside our criminal investigation, we are working with Oldham Council and partner agencies to ensure the safeguarding and security of residents."

This afternoon pictures from the scene showed two police officer standing guard and five police vehicles at the scene.

Kelly-Ann Mills

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