Girls arrested after pensioner attack

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Three girls were arrested yesterday by police investigating an incident in which an 83-year-old woman was terrorised in her house for five hours before being burgled.

One of the girls is 11 and the others are aged 13, police said. An 18- year-old boy was arrested at the same time for allegedly handling stolen goods. A Scotland Yard spokesman said the four had been arrested at addresses in Hounslow and Chiswick, west London, and were being questioned in various police stations.Rosie Howes was left suffering from "psychological trauma" after her ordeal at her home in west London on Sunday.