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25 February 2014, 12:12 | Updated: 25 February 2014, 12:16
Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for the brutal attack of an 89-year-old Lakenheath woman.
Connie Hallford was in her living room at her home in Arrowhead Drive around 7:45pm to 8:05pm on Monday 17 February when she heard a loud bang at her back door.
She got up to see what was happening and saw three men running into her home.
One of the men struck her, knocking her to the floor, and made a demand for money while the other two men searched the house before leaving via the back of the property.
Police are particularly keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall vehicle that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath around 7.30pm.
Crimestoppers is offering this reward of up to £2,000 for information passed on directly to the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this offence.
Information given directly to the police or via the Crimestoppers online form will not be liable for the reward.
Crimestoppers Eastern Regional Manager Ann Scott said: "Lakenheath is a quiet, rural town in Suffolk and this incident has shocked residents to the core.
"I am utterly disgusted that whilst this elderly woman lay on the floor with blood pouring down her face these men still demanded money from her. We need to find those responsible and stop this from happening to other innocent people.
"Nobody has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers if they have information about this offence. We never ask for your name or take any personal details. We do not record or trace your call or IP address. You won't have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court - we only want to know what you know, not who you are. In the 26 years that Crimestoppers has been running we have never broken our promise of anonymity so nobody will know you contacted us".
She continued: "We need information no matter how insignificant you feel it might be. Did you see suspicious activity in the area that night? Has someone confessed to being involved? Did you spot the black Vauxhall in the area that night?
"If you do not want to go directly to police then please come forward to the charity Crimestoppers and give information anonymously. This woman has been extremely brave and told her story. You can be just as courageous and come forward with information about this despicable crime".