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Elderly Woman Confronted By Burglar In York

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8:48am 2nd January 2014

Detectives are appealing for information after an elderly woman was injured during an aggravated burglary in York.

The victim, aged 87, suffered a head injury when she was confronted by a man in her home on Victoria Court, off Leeman Road at around 11am on Wednesday 1 January 2014, say North Yorkshire Police.

Fortunately, they add, her son, who had gone out to buy a newspaper, arrived back in time to tackle the man who fled the scene and cycled off, turning left out of Victoria Court.

The victim has been taken to York District Hospital as a precaution.

Officers are appealing for anyone who was in the area around the time of the incident and saw anything suspicious to contact them with information as soon as possible.

The man is described by police as white, aged in his late 20s, around 5ft 9in tall with a stocky build, a clean-shaven round face and small teeth.

They add that he was wearing a grey hooded-top, dark bottoms and had a scarf around his head and that he spoke with an eastern European accent and was riding an old style light-coloured gents cycle.

Detective Inspector Shaun Page, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “We urgently need to trace this man and I would appeal to anyone who saw anyone matching his description in the area either before or after the incident to get in touch with the police straight away.”

Nothing was stolen in the incident, say North Yorkshire Police.

Anyone who can help officers with their enquiries is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 – select option 1 – and pass information to the Force Control Room.

If you prefer not to give your name, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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