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31 December 2010, 09:27 | Updated: 31 December 2010, 09:31
Police in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after an aggravated burglary took place in the Kinson area of the town.
The incident, in which two men burgled a 79-year-old woman in her home on Cunningham Crescent, took place on Monday
27 December 2010 between 6pm and 6.30pm.
A significant amount of cash was stolen during the burglary, which the victim had been saving to buy a new
Detective Sergeant Alistair Rogers, of the Bournemouth and Poole Priority Crime Team, said: “This was a cowardly act that left the elderly victim very shaken and with injuries to her wrists and one of her hands.
“The offenders entered and searched the victim’s property while she was in it and demanded money from her.
“During the incident the victim was pushed which left her with bruising to both of her wrists and a cut to one of her fingers.”
The two offenders are both believed to be male and aged between 15 and 18 years old.
They were both wearing dark clothing with hoods covering their faces and are believed to be between five feet eight inches and five feet ten inches tall.
Detective Sergeant Rogers continued: “I believe the offenders are from the local area as they knew the victim’s name.
“I’m committed to bringing these heartless offenders to justice and I’m appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, and anyone with any information about the offenders, to contact me urgently.”
Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22 quoting incident number 27:338. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.