Lakenheath: Police Renew Call For Help Month After Attack

17 March 2014, 15:05 | Updated: 18 March 2014, 10:39

Police are renewing their appeal for information one month on from a "frightening" attack on an 89 year-old woman at her home in Lakenheath.

The victim, Connie Hallford, who agreed to waive her anonymity in order for more people to come forward with information, was in her living room in Arrowhead Drive, Lakenheath around 7:45pm - 8:05pm on Monday 17 February, when she heard a loud bang at her front door.

She got up to see what was happening and saw three men running into her home. One of the men struck her on the head, knocking her to the floor and made a demand for money. The men made a search before leaving via the back of the property.

Detectives who have been investigating, what Connie described as a "frightening experience", are renewing their appeal for information in a bid to try to trace those responsible.

Officers have taken over 60 witness statements and carried out a number of enquiries including local house to house visits, viewing of CCTV in the area and a full and thorough forensic examination of the house.

Police have also issued an image of a bag similar to the one believed to have been stolen from the house during the burglary.

One month on, police are keen to hear from anyone who may have information which could help them identify the men involved.

Detective Inspector David Giles who is overseeing the investigation told Heart: "We have a dedicated team of officers working on this case who are determined to find those responsible for this despicable crime. The response so far has been encouraging but we still need the vital piece of information to help move the investigation forward.

Connie is receiving the appropriate support and care she needs and I'm pleased to say that she is doing well, but it would be good to be able to reassure her soon that we have caught those responsible." 

All three of the men are described as wearing dark clothing and had their faces largely covered.

Police are also keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath around 7.30pm on the same evening, Monday 17 February.

If you can help police with their enquiries and feel you have any information which can help move the investigation forward you are asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting crime no. MH/14/265 or anonymous calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.