POLICE are today combing a street for clues after a woman was hit over the head with what is believed to have been a wheel brace.
The 38-year-old woman suffered head injuries and was taken to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital by ambulance following the assault just after midnight yesterday, in a car park in Cleveland Close, Swadlincote.
Police have been conducting house to house enquiries to gather more information.
The wheel brace, a tool used for screwing and unscrewing nuts on the wheel of a vehicle has still not been located and is believed to have been discarded elsewhere.
Police have arrested a 40-year-old man on suspicion of assault and are hoping to start questioning him.
One resident of Cleveland Close said: “A woman was hit over the head with a wheel brace in our street, I think by a man.
“The police are questioning everyone in our street this morning and searching everyone’s bins as well.
“Our neighbour says they have also been asking about a knife but that’s all I know so far.”
The ambulance service was called to the incident and paramedics alerted the police at 12.38pm.
The man was arrested in Wilmot Street, Swadlincote, at 1.55am the same morning.
A spokesman for Derbyshire police said: “We have not yet found the suspected weapon but we are conducting house to house enquiries.
“We called to a car park off Cleveland Close, at 12.38am after being alerted by the ambulance service.
“A wheel brace is believed to have been used.
“A 38-year-old woman was taken to hospital with head injuries which are not thought to be serious, and a 40-year-old man has been arrested but not charged.
“We are trying to find out what happened and are appealing for anyone with information to get in touch.”