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Brutal attack on defenceless woman, 96, in her Tuffley home

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 09, 2014

Police are appealing for witnesses after a 96-year-old woman was raided at her Tuffley home

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A defenceless 96-year-old woman was subjected to a brutal raid in her Gloucester home.

The burglary happened at the address in Tuffley Lane at about 10.30pm last night (Tuesday April 8).

The victim was preparing to go to bed when she heard the doorbell ring.

She ignored it but noticed the lounge door was open so went to close it.

At that point she felt hands on her and was lowered to the floor by the offenders, who went on to search the house while she was incapacitated.

It is believed there were two burglars, described as wearing beige coloured gloves.

The victim pressed her lifeline button and managed to crawl to the telephone where she dialled 999.

Meanwhile it is believed the offenders left empty handed.

PC Steve Sutton, of Gloucester’s Burglary Unit, said: "This was an awful attack on a defenceless elderly woman.

"She is a very strong willed and determined lady and I hope she can come to terms with what happened but the burglars who did this need to be stopped.

"Please think back - if you saw suspicious activity in the street or nearby yesterday we need you to ring 101 and quote incident 469 of April 8.

"If you own CCTV in the area can I ask you to review the footage you have for between 10pm and 1am.

"Our officers have been knocking on doors in the area and will continue to offer crime reduction advice and reassurance to the community."

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  • QwertyOS  |  April 10 2014, 8:20AM

    Kay, sounds like you are pre-empting their defence if caught. To this lady it WAS a brutal attack. Typical cowardly chavs, hope they overdose on whatever they spend their ill gotten gains on.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  April 09 2014, 6:22PM

    At 96 this must have been a terrifying ordeal for her, even if she was not physically hurt she was "lowered" to the ground and must of been in fear of what else they might do, and the stress of this at her age could have been fatal. Thankfully she seems to be made of sterner stuff. It beggars belief that anyone would sink so low as to burgle an old lady of 96, but then she was incapable of fighting back so no risk to themselves. I hope next time they pull such a stunt, there is a bit of a mix up with the address and they try to burgle the home of a heavyweight boxer. It would be be a different story if they walked into their lounge and found these scumbags lying in wait for their "elderly" victim !!

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  • NIGHTRIDER69  |  April 09 2014, 5:52PM

    very sick animals out there?? i hope she is ok and will make a full recovery, but the headline is very misleading, !!!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 09 2014, 5:43PM

    It was a burglary, not a "brutal attack". I'm not in ANY way condoning burglary, especially on an occupied property, and the experience must have been very frightening, but exaggeration is not helpful.

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  • Justica  |  April 09 2014, 5:23PM

    The only description being the beige coloured gloves ? Surely this 'strong willed' lady noticed other 'non-removable' features which will go on to identify and secure an arrest. Don't sacrifice this outcome by being PC.

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  • SandraPee  |  April 09 2014, 3:38PM

    A worrying time for older people . Thankfully the lady wasn't assaulted , but, a very frightening experience nonetheless . Hopefully they will be caught .

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