Fiend confronted OAP in her bedroom on Boxing Day

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DETECTIVES are hunting a burglar who broke into a female pensioner’s bedroom in the small hours of Boxing Day and demanded she hand over cash.

The woman, who is in her 70s, had gone to bed on Christmas Day only to wake a few hours later to find the burglar in her bedroom.

He demanded she hand over cash but when the victim banged on the wall in a bid to alert her neighbours, the man fled.

However, as he made his escape he stole the OAP’s purse, which contained a small amount of cash.

Detectives say the victim’s ordeal began at around 12.55am on Boxing Day when the thief forced entry into her home on Chestnut Avenue in Haydock.

They believe the crook made a quick search of the property before bursting into the main bedroom demanding cash.

He is described as being white, between 30 and 40 years of age, about 5ft 6in tall and of gaunt appearance.

He was wearing light coloured jogging bottoms and trainers.

Det Insp Jackie Guinness said: “This was a frightening experience for a lady in her own home and we are determined to catch the person responsible for this burglary.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Chestnut Avenue on the evening of Boxing Day who saw someone acting suspiciously or has any other information to contact us.”

Witnesses should call police on 0151 777 6881 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.