Detectives pleased with the response from Crimewatch

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DETECTIVES investigating the terrifying knifepoint robbery of a woman in her Peak District home say they are pleased with the number of calls received after the offence was featured on Crimewatch.

Derbyshire Police revealed details of the incident on the BBC programme in the hope viewers would come forward with information to help them crack the case.

The robbery took place in the home of 66-year-old Audrey Charles in Bradwell in February.

Mrs Charles was confronted by a man who was brandishing a knife, who then punched and chased the pensioner as she tried to run away from him.

He had stolen cash from the OAP’s home.

Detectives said a reconstruction of the robbery had prompted a number of calls from the public.

Detective Sergeant Tim Nye said several new lines of inquiry are now being followed up.

“We’re pleased that the appeal generated several calls,” he said.

“One caller suggested a suspect, which we will investigate further,” he said.

“We very much believe that the answer to this crime lies locally.

“Someone in the local area will know who carried out this robbery, and I hope that new information will continue to come in.”

The robber was white, of slim to medium build, and was wearing a black balaclava and a long-sleeved grey sweatshirt with white writing on the chest.

Anyone with information about the robbery should call Derbyshire Police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.