A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a pensioner was assaulted on the doorstep of his home with a hammer.

Donald Burton suffered serious head injuries when he answered the door of his home in Rossetti Avenue, Burnley, on Friday, December 1, at around 6pm.

The 73-year-old was taken to hospital were he remains in a serious but stable condition, police said.

A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is being treated for ankle injuries at a hospital in Liverpool.

DCI Geoff Hurst, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: "I would like to reassure the community that our investigation is very much on-going and they will continue to see extra police patrols in the area.

"We have made an arrest but I would still urge anyone with information that they think can help to come forward and speak to us."

Anyone with information can call the police on 101 quoting log number 1192 of December 1.