March 8 2014 Latest news:
Andrew Fitchett, Reporter
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Anniversary checks into the assault of an 89-year-old woman at her home in Lakenheath have been carried out by police and a £2,000 reward offered for information that leads to arrests.
Officers have spoken to 25 people after the assault, which took place at the home of Connie Hallford, in Arrowhead Drive at around 7.45pm to 8.05pm on February 17.
Last night, officers revisited the area where the incident took place between 5.30pm and 9pm.
Mrs Hallford was left with blood streaming down her face after three men broke into her home and one struck her on the head, knocking her to the floor.
The men made a demand for money before leaving via the rear of the property.
Detective Inspector David Giles, who is leading the investigation, said: “Anniversary checks can often prove quite fruitful when we speak to people who haven’t yet been spoken to.
“We hope having officers in the area may have jogged someone’s memory from last week. Something that may not have seemed significant at the time may be the small piece of information we need.
“Connie is still receiving help and support and doing surprisingly well considering her ordeal.
“We are determined to find the people responsible for this awful crime and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”
All three of the men are described as wearing dark clothing and had their faces largely covered.
Police have issued appeals for people who were in the area at the time to come forward and are particularly keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath around 7.30pm.
A team of officers has been working on the case, carrying out house to house enquiries, leaflet dropping and following up on information already received. Coupled with this Crime Scene Investigators have carried a fall forensic examination of the house to gathering evidence.
Last week, when speaking about her ordeal, Connie spoke of feeling very frightened, cross and angry and said she would “never forgive” the men who did this to her.
Additionally, independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has today announced it is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information passed on directly to the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this offence.
If you can help police with their enquiries and feel you have any information which can help move the investigation forward you are asked to 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.