Woman (84) with cancer is robbed

Insp Nick Butler
Insp Nick Butler
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A TERRIFIED pensioner suffering with cancer was held hostage when two men burgled her Hucknall home in an horrific attack.

Now the culprits have been lambasted by Hucknall’s police chief and one of the town’s senior councillors.

The 84-year-old woman has been left in such a severe state of shock that she and her family have asked for her identity to be protected.

The break-in happened at about 12.45 pm on Tuesday June 7.

Two men with Irish accents forced their way into the property, which is in the Annesley Road area.

One knocked the woman down and held her so forcibly, she was left with a bleeding wound on her face.

The other went upstairs and trawled through her belongings.

The duo made off with £400 and a ring that has great sentimental value. For it was given to the woman by her late husband.

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, labelled the burglary “heartless”.

He says he intends to visit the victim to reassure her that his officers are doing all they can to track down her attackers.

Insp Butler said: “It is very upsetting for me to hear of anybody being approached in their own home. We have provided regular contact to the victim and her family.

“Our CID officers have spoken with witnesses and the victim at length and we are making a number of enquiries.

“This is a callous and heartless crime and I would appeal for anyone who has any information on this offence or anything similar to come forward.”

Coun John Wilmott, a Hucknall Labour member of Ashfield District Council, is supporting the victim and her family.

He told the Dispatch that she heard a noise at the door and went to investigate.

She couldn’t see anything, so she removed the security chain. The two men were hiding behind a wall.

The pensioner is now so upset she is frightened even to go upstairs in her home.

“This was a disgraceful attack,” said Coun Wilmott. “It is unbelievable that people are capable of doing such a thing to a vulnerable, elderly woman.”

The attackers are described as white, smartly dressed and aged between 20 and 30. One had short, cropped hair, and the other a centre parting.

Insp Butler added: “Anyone who saw two men randomly knocking at doors or two men in a vehicle and it didn’t quite seem right, then come forward and give us a call.

“No matter how insignificant you think the information might be, get in touch. It might be the final piece of the jigsaw we need.”

Anyone with information is asked to ring the police on 0300 3009999.

Alternatively, call the free and confidential Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555111.