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Police have launched an investigation after a Billingham woman confronted a burglar during the confrontation the 68 year old woman was knocked unconscious.

The burglary occurred at a house in Weardale Crescent at midday on Monday 27th January.

Cleveland Police has told Breaking News that the woman was alone in her property when she heard a noise with her house.

She went to investigate the suspicious noise and was confronted with a burglar who knocked her to the ground leaving her unconscious.

The woman was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment to a lump on the head and a bruised eye.

Two men aged 33 and 47 were arrested this morning in connection with the incident. They remain in police custody.

Detective Sergeant Stuart Hodgson said: “This was a nasty incident and the investigation is very much ongoing at this time. We would urge anyone with information regarding the incident or anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area around the time of the burglary to contact police on 101.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Stuart Hodgson from Stockton Police on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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