Wednesday, 18 November 2015

82-year-old woman attacked and robbed in her own home

82-year-old woman attacked and robbed in her own home
Police are appealing for witnesses after an 82-year-old woman was dragged by her hair and threatened with a knife during an aggravated burglary.

At around 12.20pm on Monday 16 November 2015, the elderly victim was alone at her home in a small cul-de-sac just off Deerhurst Drive, Cheetham Hill, when two men walked in through the unlocked front door.

One of the men grabbed the woman by her hair and forced her back into the living room, putting a knife to her throat and demanding her jewellery.

The pair took rings and necklaces off the terrified victim’s hands and neck, even trying to force off rings that were too small to get off her fingers.

When they failed to remove these rings, they threatened to chop off the woman’s fingers.

The offenders then demanded to know where the woman kept her safe, even though she does not have one, and proceeded to ransack the rest of the house.

hile they did so, the victim ran out of the back door and to a neighbour’s house to safety.

The offenders stole a television, a laptop, two mobile phones, a handbag and a several hundred pounds in cash, before escaping back through the front door.

Several pieces of distinctive jewellery were stolen, including a three inch gold cross with diamond edging, a two inch gold cross with diamonds on it, a gold ring with two opals inlaid, a gold ring with a large yellow glass stone and a gold Claddagh ring with a green stone in the heart of it.

The first offender is described as black, around 25-years-old, 5ft 4in tall and wearing a bright orange tracksuit top and a dark beanie hat.

The second offender is described as black, around 30-years-old, 5ft 9in tall, with a stocky build. He was dressed in black and was carrying a knife.

Neighbours have since reported to police that a black Citroen, possibly a Saxo, with three men sitting in it had been seen waiting for several hours on nearby Deerhurst Drive on the same day.

Detective Constable Jacqueline O’Hara said: “This was a horrifying crime for the victim, who has been left terrified to be alone in her own home after the attack.

“These men were ruthless in their execution of the burglary, taking absolutely no mind for the age or vulnerability of the helpless victim.

“To treat an elderly woman in this way is incredibly callous, and their threats to chop off this poor women’s fingers stand out as some of the worst threats made to victim that I have heard.

“I would ask that people keep an eye out for the distinctive jewellery that was stolen, as they may well try to sell it on.

“Likewise, if anyone saw the three men sitting in the Black Vehicle in the area on Monday, please contact police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 3925 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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