October 21 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Monday, March 17, 2014
Police are renewing an appeal for information one month on from an attack on an 89-year-old lady at her home which left her bloodied and shaken.
Connie Hallford, was in her living room in Arrowhead Drive, Lakenheath around 7:45pm – 8:05pm on Monday February 17, when she heard a loud bang at her front door.
She got up to see what was happening and saw three men running into her home. One of the men struck her on the head, knocking her to the floor and made a demand for money. The men made a search before leaving via the back of the property.
Detectives have described the incident as a “frightening experience”, and are renewing their appeal for information in a bid to try to trace the attackers.
More than 60 witness statements have been taken and a number of enquiries including house to house visits, viewing of CCTV in the area and a full and thorough forensic examination of the house have been carried out.
Police have also issued an image of a bag similar to the one believed to have been stolen from the house during the burglary.
Detective Inspector David Giles said: “We have a dedicated team of officers working on this case who are determined to find those responsible for this despicable crime.
“The response so far has been encouraging but we still need the vital piece of information to help move the investigation forward.
“Connie is receiving the appropriate support and care she needs and I’m pleased to say that she is doing well, but it would be good to be able to reassure her soon that we have caught those responsible.”
All three of the men are described as wearing dark clothing and had their faces largely covered.
Police are also keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath at around 7.30pm on the night of the attack.
Anyone with information should contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting crime no. MH/14/265 or anonymous calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.