Raid ordeal of woman, 95

CALLOUS masked muggers are being hunted by police after targeting a 95-year-old wheelchair-bound Doncaster woman, leaving her injured in her own home.

Tuesday, 11th September 2007, 8:16 am
Updated Tuesday, 11th September 2007, 12:29 pm

The attack on the pensioner, who was with her partially-deaf 64-year-old son, has left seasoned police officers shocked and the victim shaken - and is the latest attack on a Doncaster pensioner in their own home this summer.

The mother-and-son were jumped by two men - whose faces were covered - as they returned to her flat on Bewicke Avenue in Scawsby after a shopping trip to Morrisons.

As they entered the hall the son was pushed from behind. He fell to the floor and his mother was tipped out of her wheelchair, banging her head on the floor and suffering cuts.

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Two thugs are believed to have been involved. Police believe one pushed the pair over and the second went into the house and grabbed a bag from the wheelchair which contained a substantial amount of cash.

The two men ran right through the flat - over the stricken pensioner as she lay on the floor - and left through the back. An ambulance was called and the woman received treatment on the scene from paramedics.

Police today advised locals to be extra vigilant following the raid.

Pc Mark Dyer said: "Naturally, the 95-year-old is extremely shaken up and it has knocked her confidence. We have officers who will be visiting her to check she is alright.

"This was an unprovoked and unnecessary attack on two vulnerable people, and it has left us shocked.

"We regard these people as callous - they have no consideration for what they are doing."

Although the incident is not being linked to others at this stage, it is not the first time a pensioner has been attacked in their own home this summer.

In July 91-year-old Victoria Lloyd was knocked to the floor and robbed at her home in St Eric's Road, Bessacarr, by a gang of four men.

Another 91-year-old woman was hurt when a gang used an iron bar to break into her house in Park Drive, Sprotbrough, and a 71-year-old man was held down with a crowbar by thieves pretending to be police at Stanhope Road, Wheatley.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information about the Scawsby mugging - on Saturday August 25 9.30pm - to call Pc Mark Dyer or Det Sgt Rich Partridge on 01302 385 196, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.