Police probe possible link between woman, 63, threatened and robbed to earlier incidents
POLICE in the Fens are keeping an open mind on a possible link between a robbery last night at the home of a 63 year old woman to three similar attacks before Christmas. At around 7pm last night the woman was threatened and robbed by raiders who broke int
POLICE in the Fens are keeping an open mind on a possible link between a robbery last night at the home of a 63 year old woman to three similar attacks before Christmas.
At around 7pm last night the woman was threatened and robbed by raiders who broke into her home in Church Road, Walsoken, on the outskirts of Wisbech.
She answered a knock on the door and a man pushed past her and forced her to sit in the living room while two accomplices ran into the house and searched the upstairs rooms.
The men left the house a few minutes later with cash and jewellery.
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The men were wearing masks, dark clothing, gloves and hats. One of the men was also wearing a white scarf.
DC Mark Yendley said: "This was a frightening incident for the victim and it is vital that anyone with information comes forward."
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The attack follows three other incidents last November after a string of robberies targeted elderly vulnerable people.
In one attack a 72-year-old man in Station Road, Murrow, was confronted in his bungalow by two men who wore dark clothing and white masks and demanded money.
The men pushed him to the ground before taking property from the house. They then made off using a rear door
Another happened in Leverington Road, Wisbech, at the home of a 97-year-old man. Intruders forced their way into a pantry and then into the house where the victim was watching TV. They forced him to the ground and searched the house.
And in a third incident, at Stags Holt, near March, three men forced their way into the home of an 82-year-old man.
One man remained with the victim whilst the other two men have searched the property. Two of the men claimed to be police officers and were brandishing metal bars. They wore black balaclavas and black clothing.
A police spokesman said they were "keeping an open mind" on a possible link between last night's attack and the earlier incidents. Police were still talking with last night's victim.
Anyone with information should contact DC Yendley at Wisbech Police Station on 0345 456 456 4 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.