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Disabled woman confronted by intruder


12:36pm 31st August 2011

Detectives in Scarborough are urging the public to help them find an intruder who broke into the home of a disabled woman.

At around 3am on Monday 29th August 2011 the victim, aged in her 60s, was confronted by a man as she went to investigate a noise in the kitchen of her home on Woodlands Avenue.

Aided by her walking frame she managed to get to the kitchen door, where she saw the intruder crouching under a work top. It is believed that he entered the property through a window.

The victim remonstrated with the man, who pushed her forcefully in the chest causing her to fall to the floor.

He then made off leaving the victim with a slight injury to her face.

Officers, who have been conducting forensic investigations at the victim’s home and making house to house enquiries in the area, are appealing for the public to help them locate the offender.

The suspect is described as white, aged in his late teens, around 5ft 5in – 5ft 6in tall, with a thin build. He was wearing  a grey hooded top, jeans and dark footwear.

Detective Sergeant Angie Carey, of Scarborough CID, said:

“I am appealing to all sections of our community to assist in identifying this despicable individual.

“He has broken into the home of a vulnerable, disabled woman and left her extremely frightened and shaken.

“His arrest will provide an enormous amount of relief and sense of security for the victim and will ensure that this horrendous crime is not repeated.

“If you have any idea who is responsible, please contact the police or Crimestoppers with any information you have.”

Anyone who can help the police with their enquiries is urged to contact Scarborough CID on 0845 60 60 24 7, quoting reference number 12110146326.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Police would like to remind residents that it is important to take steps to secure your property, including locking doors and windows even when at home.

For more crime prevention advice visit the North Yorkshire Police website www.northyorkshire.police.uk/homesecurity

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