Pensioner, 71, sexually assaulted and robbed by knife-wielding thug in Sheffield

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali
Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali
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A 71-year-old woman was sexually assaulted and robbed by a knife-wielding thug in Sheffield in what police today branded a ‘horrific attack’.

The elderly woman was in a relative’s home on Cobnar Drive, Norton Lees, when the attacker got inside and threatened her with a knife.

The woman was robbed before being subjected to a sexual assault by the man

Her wedding ring and money was taken during the robbery some time between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday.

Detective Chief Inspector Zaf Ali, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a horrific attack on an elderly woman in a relative’s home and we are taking this report incredibly seriously.

“We are conducting extensive enquiries in the local area, including going door-to-door speaking to residents.

“Witnesses describe seeing a man in dark clothing in the area at the time, who appeared to be struggling with a heavy bag of some sort.

“We need to hear from anyone who may have witnessed a man behaving suspiciously in the area between 9.30am and 10.30am yesterday morning - any information, no matter how small, could help us identify the person responsible.

“I also need to hear from anyone who may have been offered a wedding ring for sale.”

The man is described as white, between 5ft 8ins and 5ft 10ins tall, of medium to stocky build. He is believed to be between 40 and 50-years-old with a weathered appearance and a round face.

He is also described as being bald, with some hair around the sides of his head that is dark in colour. He is also believed to have heavy stubble around his mouth and is described as looking unkempt.

He was reportedly wearing glasses and dark clothing, and spoke with a local accent.

Please call 101 quoting incident number 253 of 17 March 2015 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.