House raiders punch woman

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your - By PAUL GRIN­NELL paul.grin­nell@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Paulgrin­nell2

A BRAVE woman was punched, slapped and kicked as she tried to foil two masked in­trud­ers af­ter they forced their way into her par­ents’ home.

The 44-year-old, who has not been named, was left with cuts and bruises af­ter she had dra­mat­i­cally tried to stop the raiders mak­ing off with thou­sands of pounds worth of jew­ellery.

De­tec­tives say the woman was con­fronted on the up­stairs land­ing of the iso­lated house in Wal­cot Road, Bar­nack, by one of the raiders, wear­ing a black Bala­clava, who de­manded cash.

The woman said there was no money in the house and the in­truder then searched the bed­rooms and be­gan to fill a pil­low case with jew­ellery, in­clud­ing her par­ents wed­ding rings.

As the man took the jew­ellery, the woman tried to grab the pil­low case and was then punched in the face which knocked her over and she was then kicked in the head as she lay on the floor.

Po­lice say the ag­gra­vated bur­glary hap­pened be­tween 11.45am and 12.15pm on Fri­day when two men knocked at the door and said they had run a dog over on the road.

They then pushed their way past the 83-year-old man who had an­swered the door. Also in the house was the woman’s 84-yearold mother.

De­tec­tive Sergeant David Tay­lor said: “The daugh­ter was then con­fronted by one of the men, wear­ing a black Bala­clava, who de­manded money.

“She said she had no money and one of the men be­gan search­ing the house while the other stood by the front door.

“She tried to get out of the house but the bur­glar struck her to the face with the back of his hand.

“One of the men started putting jew­ellery into a pil­low case which the daugh­ter tried to grab.

She was punched in the face and then kicked in the face while on the floor.”

Ds Tay­lor said it is thought the two men es­caped in a black es­tate car, pos­si­bly a BMW.

He said: “The daugh­ter was not se­ri­ously in­jured but all three vic­tims were left shocked and shaken by what hap­pened.”

The bur­glars are de­scribed as white, about 5ft 7ins or 5ft 8ins, and also wore black fleece tops and black trousers.

The jew­ellery stolen was worth thou­sands of pounds but po­lice were not able to give an ex­act fig­ure for the value.

DS Tay­lor said: “This was a cow­ardly and de­spi­ca­ble at­tack on two el­derly and vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple and their daugh­ter.

“The vi­o­lence they used was com­pletely un­pro­voked and the jew­ellery they stole was of sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial and sen­ti­men­tal value.

“It is im­por­tant that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about who may have car­ried out this bur­glary con­tacts po­lice.

He added: “The prop­erty is quite iso­lated but some­one may have seen some­thing sig­nif­i­cant that could be of great im­por­tance to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact DS Tay­lor on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.

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