Woman, 68, was left for dead in Fakenham robbery
09:40 10 November 2011
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A 68-year-old woman was threatened with a knife, knocked unconscious and left for dead during a robbery at a Fakenham social club this week.
The woman is recovering at home after receiving treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, but is angry, shaken up and hoping that the culprits will be caught.
The woman, who did not wish to be named, is a volunteer at The Press Club, on Oak Street.
At around 6.30pm on Monday she was alone at the club, preparing food for a pool match, when she heard the door bell ring.
She said: “The barman usually rings at around this time, so I assumed it was him. “Instead there were two young lads in hoodies with their faces covered up. I said, ‘sorry we’re closed’ and tried to shut the door but one of them got in the way and said, ‘I’ve got a knife, go back inside.’
“They weren’t very big and I’m 6ft, so normally I would have banged their heads together, but when he told me he had a knife I thought I’d better do what he says.”
The woman was ordered to unlock the safe and she estimates that about £500, including some charity money, was taken.
She was then told to take the men to the till. On the way she was pushed in the back and she fell and banged her forehead on a step.
She said: “I was in a state of shock and I decided to just lie still and not move to see what would happen. The two lads ran away. I think they thought I was dead.
“Apparently I fell unconscious, but I don’t remember. It all happened so quickly.
“I have a sore head and a big lump above my left eyebrow but I feel okay. I’ve been told to take things easy for a few days.”
She added: “I am very angry about this. We are all volunteers at The Press Club and we work hard to keep the place going. I am also angry that charity money was stolen. They must have been watching the club and planned this. They seemed to know when I was going to be alone and the routine with the barman ringing the doorbell.” The woman was found by a barman from The Press Club and he ran across the road to The Star pub for help.
Janine Scott, landlady of The Star, called police and an ambulance.
She said: “When I found her she was unconscious and pale. I feared that she might be dead, but I was able to wake her up.
“She is really well respected in the town and I just hope that the police catch the people who did this.”
The victim of the attack said one man wore a black hooded top and the other a grey one. She estimates they were both about 5ft 6ins and aged about 16 or 17, although she said she did not get a good look at their faces as she was told to keep looking away from them.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw any suspicious behaviour at the time, should call DC Sarah Warner at Thetford CID on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.