Elderly woman hospitalised after sickening robbery

The man police want to speak to in connection with the robbery. (s)
The man police want to speak to in connection with the robbery. (s)
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Police have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the callous robbery of an elderly woman in Colne.

The 88-year-old victim was at her address in Birtwistle Fold when she heard her doorbell ring at around 5-20pm on Saturday.

She went to answer the door, believing it to be her daughter, before a man pushed her back into the house causing her to fall to the floor. He pulled her to her feet and demanded to know where she kept her money. He made off with £300 in cash and ran towards the direction of the town centre.

The victim was taken to Burnley General Hospital where she was treated for a cut to her forearm and bruising.

The man is described as white, tanned, around 25 to 30 years old, 5ft. 9in., slim build. He was described as wearing all navy clothing including a long sleeved top and dark coloured flat pumps.

Det. Sgt Louise Darcy, of East CID, said: “This is a shocking incident whereby an elderly woman has been robbed in her own home and she has been left extremely shaken by what has happened to her. It took place in the early evening and we are appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and may have seen anything that could help with our enquiries to contact us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting log 1010 of 23rd April.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.