Police are investigating an incident after four men forced their way into an elderly woman’s home.

Officers were contacted at 12.23pm after the men broke into the house on Abbey Road, Barrow.

The victim, a woman aged in her 80s, was uninjured but is shaken.

Councillor Frank Cassidy said: “While I only have limited knowledge of what happened, this appears to be a bold daylight attack on the house of one of our elderly residents.

“Our first thoughts are that the victim makes a good recovery from this deplorable episode.

“Our second instinct is to ask anyone with information to pass it on to police, so that the alleged perpetrators can be brought to justice.”

A man was arrested in the Manchester area in connection with the incident, Cumbrian officers are working with Greater Manchester Police to locate anyone else connected.

Four police vans and a Crime Scene Investigation van attended the scene.

One eye witness said: “Four police vans were at the scene to start with, including a Crime Scene Investigation van.

“Two of the vans then left the scene, leaving the CSI van and normal police van.

“A few people were stood across the road watching the action.

“The vans were spaced out down Abbey Road, opposite Barrow Park.”

Detective Inspector Mike Wallace, South Cumbria Crime and Safeguarding Team, said on Friday evening: “We are appealing for witnesses to an incident on Abbey Road earlier today.

“The victim was not injured, however is understandably shaken by today’s events and is being supported by officers.

“Anyone with information is encouraged to get in touch, no matter how insignificant you may deem it.”

Anyone with information in connection with the incident has been asked to contact police on 101, quoting incident number 84 of 3 July. Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.