A 21-YEAR-OLD man has appeared before Burnley magistrates after a pensioner was allegedly hit by a flying ashtray, thrown from the beer garden of a town centre pub.

Anthony Clark, of Brunshaw Road, Burnley, is accused of causing grievous bodily harm and was bailed until May 7. He was ordered not to enter any premises to buy or drink alcohol.

Alleged victim Eileen O'Meara, 78, from Burnley, suffered a fractured skull and has undergone emergency surgery for her injuries. Mrs O'Meara was said to have been hit by the ashtray as she walked along Parker Lane, Burnley, on Saturday at 4.10pm.

She was initially admitted to Burnley General Hospital but was later transferred to the Royal Preston Hospital after her condition deteriorated on Sunday. Her condition was yesterday described as poorly but stable.

Police are appealing for possible witnesses to contact them on 01282 425001.