88 year old woman robbed in York
12:12pm 5th August 2011
(Updated 12:16pm 5th August 2011)
Police have issued an urgent appeal to find a man who robbed an elderly woman in her home in York yesterday afternoon (4th August 2011).
The robbery was reported at 4.30pm after the suspect called at the victim’s house in Askham Lane, Acomb. He claimed to be delivering a parcel, before he forced his way into her house and demanded cash.
The man police would like to trace is described as white and aged in his 40s. He was wearing a navy coat and a distinctive woollen hat with ear flaps and bobbles hanging down on either side of the flaps.
Police would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man described or saw him in the area at the time of the robbery. Or anyone, else who has answered their door to a man matching his description.
Detective Sergeant Mandy Grundy, of York CID, said:
“The victim has been left extremely traumatised by this incident and I am urging the public to help us locate the man responsible as soon as possible.
“Anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the area at the time or knows who is responsible is urged to contact the police or Crimestoppers immediately.”
Although the woman has been left badly shaken by the incident she has not been admitted to hospital.
Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact York CID on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110130555.
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. You do not have to give your name and could qualify for a cash reward.
CRIME PREVENTION ADVICE
Police have repeated their advice to anyone with elderly parents, relatives or friends, to assist them with crime prevention measures, help them to fit a door chain and advise them not answer their door to anyone they are not expecting. Or, consider adopting our nominated neighbour scheme.
Nominated Neighbour Scheme
North Yorkshire Police is promoting the Nominated Neighbour Scheme which encourages elderly and vulnerable residents to seek assistance from a trusted neighbour to help deal with cold callers.
The idea is for the homeowner to hold up a card to the window or door telling the caller that they do not recognise them and to go to their Nominated Neighbour. That neighbour will then check the caller's identity. A genuine caller will not mind following the instructions on the card and those with a criminal motive will make off very quickly.
Whatever happens, it is vital that any suspicious behaviour is reported to the police immediately.
For more information on the scheme please go to the North Yorkshire Police website - www.northyorkshire.police.uk/neighbour - where you can download the Nominated Neighbour card. Or, you can ask to speak to your local Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and PCSOs who will be able to assist and offer further advice on the scheme. Please call 0845 60 60 247.
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