Victim thanks public for help

A pensioner who made an appeal to the public after her home was raided by burglars has thanked people for their support.

Maude Rodgers (97) was featured in last week’s Dispatch..

Her home was one of four targeted by heartless thieves who broke in to properties in Newstead Village sometime between 8pm and 11pm on Saturday 4th May.

Maude. of Livingstone Street, spoke to the media in order to help bring the culprits to justice.

She appeared in newspapers and on the television, and spoke of the heartbreak of losing cherished items, such as an inscribed ingot necklace with the words “Roy-Maude 50 happy years”.

Maude said: “I’m still not well really, after all that happened.

“But I would like to say thank you to people for their support.

“I’m pleased people have contactd me and sent cards and have been to see me.”

The burglars stole money, jewellery and other items in the raid on Maude’s home, where she has lived for around 76 years.

Following the incident, Det Sgt Marcus Oldroyd said that he hoped that Maude’s plea would spark the public’s attention.

He also said that Newstead Village does not suffer from high crime and that the burglaries were an isolated series.

Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping commented: “I’m delighted that neighbours have rallied round in Newstead, which has a great sense of community.”

Police are still investigating the incident but a spokesperson said that no arrests had yet been made.

Anyone with information about the thefts should call Nottinghamshire Police on 101 and refer to incident number 979 of 4th May. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.