A TEENAGER has appeared in court accused of robbing a woman and attacking her with a piece of wood with nails sticking out from it.

The 14-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, appeared before Blackburn magistrates today charged with robbery and burglary. The case was adjourned to a later date.

A second 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of burglary and robbery has been bailed until January 30.

The court appearance came after a 51-year-old woman was attacked with the wooden weapon in Belper Street , Blackburn, at around 7am on Friday.

She suffered serious injuries to her face and broken bones in her hands as she tried to defend herself. She is currently being treated in hospital.

The attacker then stole the woman’s mobile phone and keys to her place of work. The keys were then used to get inside Gill News and Off Licence, Pelham Street , Blackburn, where the attacker stole a quantity of cash.

Detectives recovered the weapon at the scene.

Police patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Detective Inspector Paul Barlow said: ““This was a horrific and unprovoked attack on a woman which has left her with some horrendous injuries.”

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log 225 of January 5 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.