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Woman, 95, is theft victim

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two women forced their way into a 95-year-old's home and robbed her.

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after two women forced their way into a 95-year-old's home and robbed her.

The woman, who has not been named, was left terrified by the incident, which happened at her home in Water Street, Accrington, on Saturday afternoon.

The women, who were aged around 20 and spoke with local accents, knocked on her front door and then banged on her front window when they didn't get a reply. When the OAP answered the door, they shoved her backwards before searching the house and stealing a purse containing nearly £130.

Relatives of the pensioner, who is deaf, partially-sighted and uses a walking stick, said that she was still shaken up by the robbery. They are now appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Her son-in-law said: "She's still very frightened by what happened. It's lucky she wasn't badly injured, especially given her age. Two girls came to the door and said they were from the Betterware catalogue. She told them she didn't want anything as she has carers who look after her. They shoved her into the house and she managed to grab the side of the kitchen door - it could have been much worse if the door had been closed as it's made of glass and she could have smashed into it.She tried to throw her purse under the bed, thinking that they hadn't seen it, but they had. They then made her sit down while they had a look round, but there isn't anything of value in the house."

He added: "I've reduced the amount of money she has at home so that this can't happen again. I can't begin to say what I think of these thieves and I want people to keep an eye out for them."

He said that his mother-in-law had described the girls as between 5ft 6ins and 5ft 10ins tall. One was thought to be wearing a green jumper and dark trousers and the other may have been wearing a dark coat and dark trousers.

Inspector Phil Cottam, of Accrington Police, said: "This was a despicable crime against an elderly lady and we are appealing for help from the public to trace these two women. We would ask anyone who was in the Water Street area between 3pm and 4pm to contact us. Individuals who carry out these offences do tend to prey on elderly people. We would advise senior citizens to make sure they get identification and know exactly who they're dealing with before letting people into their home."


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