‘Sickening’ sex attack on 71-year-old Sheffield woman prompts fresh appeal

Cobnar Drive in Norton Lees, Sheffield. 'Picture by Dean Atkins
Cobnar Drive in Norton Lees, Sheffield. 'Picture by Dean Atkins
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A fresh appeal for information has been issued by police investigating a ‘sickening’ knifepoint sex attack on a 71-year-old Sheffield woman.

The pensioner was at a relative’s home in Cobnar Drive, Norton Lees, at 10.30am on Tuesday when a robber entered the house wielding a knife and demaning money.

After forcing the terrified woman to hand over her wedding ring and £10 cash, the man, thought to be about 50 years old, sexually assaulted her before fleeing.

Investigating officer Detective Inspector Steven Ashmore said: “Our investigation continues into this vicious attack and we are grateful to the members of the public that have come forward already to provide information.

“There are a number of lines of enquiry we are following up, including looking at CCTV in the area and speaking to the local community.

“If anyone has any information and is yet to come forward, please give us a call and tell us what you know.”

The attacker is described as white, 5ft 8ins to 5ft 10ins tall, medium to stocky build, and is believed to be aged between 40 and 60, but probably about 50, with a weathered appearance and a round face.

He is 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 wearing glasses and dark clothing and spoke with a local accent.

Police appealed for anyone with information, or anyone who may have been offered a wedding ring for sale, to call 101 quoting incident 253 of March 17, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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