WAR HERO CASH THEFT: CCTV IM­AGE

War vet­eran Lionel, 91, had £6,000 in sav­ings stolen from his home

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PO­LICE hunt­ing a bur­glar who stole a Sec­ond World War vet­eran’s sav­ings have re­leased CCTV images of the sus­pect.

More than £6,000 was taken from the home of 92-year-old Lionel Lake, at St Catherine’s Farm Court, in Howletts Lane, Ruis­lip, on the night of April 23.

On Fri­day, May 29, de­tec­tives re­leased images of a man they want to speak to in con­nec­tion with the of­fence.

Det Con Tim Costello, of Hilling­don Bur­glary Squad, said: “Although the vic­tim is 92, he lives a fairly in­de­pen­dent life and has spent much of the last few years sav­ing money.

“This money was to leave to his chil­dren in the event of his death, as well as some for his bills and dayto-day living.

“We are ap­peal­ing for any­one who may recog­nise the man in the CCTV footage. The sus­pect is a white male; he was wea wear­ing a dark blue jum jumper with a white pri print on the front, bla black jog­ging bot­toms an and black shoes.”

Mem­bers of the pu public were so ho hor­ri­fied by what ha hap­pened to Mr La Lake that wellw wish­ers from as far afi afield as New York clubbed to­gether to raise more than £5,000, which was pre­sented to the D Day vet­eran last month.

Po­lice said the crime was be­lieved to have taken place be­tween the hours of 9pm on April 23 and 1am the fol­low­ing morn­ing, with the bur­glar thought to have gained en­try via an open win­dow.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to call Hilling­don po­lice on 020 8246 1583 or the non-emer­gency po­lice num­ber 101.

Al­ter­na­tively, to re­main anony­mous, call Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

n VIC­TIM:

Lionel Lake (above) and (left) CCTV images of the sus­pect

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