Elderly woman robbed by bogus officials

Detectives are appealing for information following the robbery of a woman in her 80s at her home in Northwold by men posing as officials.The robbery occurred at approximately 12.

Detectives are appealing for information following the robbery of a woman in her 80s at her home in Northwold by men posing as officials.

The robbery occurred at approximately 12.30pm yesterday

The men, all white and under 30, entered the home under the pretext of working nearby.

The woman was threatened and held down by one male while his accomplices stole a handbag and £300 in cash.

Before leaving, the men pulled the telephone wires out of the wall and locked their victim in a room, forcing her to climb out of window to raise the alarm with a neighbour.

Det Con Ian Young said: “These men used an unnecessary amount of force to burgle this lady's home. The victim was uninjured but she has, quite understandably, been left extremely shaken and is being cared for by her family.

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“The incident is currently being treated as an isolated offence and while we are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry, we would urge anyone who saw this group coming and going from the village, any suspicious vehicles or who has any further information, to contact police as soon as possible.”

One of the three men is described as thin, with short, fair “crinkly” hair, and was wearing a zip-up jacket and fawn-coloured trousers. A second male had darker hair and of the two accomplices, one wore a navy and the other a white t-shirt.

Police spokeswoman Beth Manning said: “In light of this offence, we would remind all householders to be cautious when answering the door to strangers.

“Keep your doors locked and don't open them until you are 100 per cent confident that the person on the other side is who they say they are - even if you have to contact police to verify their identity.

“We would also ask neighbours, friends, carers and family to keep an eye on elderly householders and remind them of the need to keep their homes and property secure.”

Police are keen to speak to any witnesses to this incident or to anyone with details of a vehicle used. Those with information are asked to contact Det Con Ian Young at Downham Market CID on 0845 456 4567.

Alternatively information can be passed to police anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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