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Suspect detained under Mental Health Act after elderly woman attacked from behind in Surrey

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Suspect detained under Mental Health Act after elderly woman attacked from behind in Surrey

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 12:50pm 25th June 2020. (Updated at 1:22pm 25th June 2020)

Police are continuing to investigate a serious assault where a woman in her 80s was attacked from behind in Reigate. 

It happened on Sunday (21 June) evening on Warren Road and the victim was left with serious head injuries. 

A 45-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder has now been detained under the Mental Health Act. and bailed while the investigation continues.

The victim was was in the road when she was attacked from behind.

She was taken to hospital with serious head injuries where she remains in a serious condition.  

Police say they are not linking this assault with any other similar reports.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Commander Inspector Alex Maguire said a team of officers and detectives are working hard to establish the circumstances of what appears to be a random and motiveless attack: 

“I understand that people in the local community may be feeling concerned and anxious about what has happened, particularly those who witnessed the incident.

“I would like to point out that officers responded as soon as we heard what had happened and the suspect was located nearby and swiftly detained.

"He is still being questioned in relation to the incident.

“I would also like to point out that assaults of this nature are extremely rare in this area.

“In the meantime, the team is doing everything it can to ensure that the person responsible for this senseless attack is brought to justice.”

If you have any information call on 101, quoting crime reference PR/45200063813.

If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.