Burglar targets wheelchair-bound 85-year-old

Police are appealing for information following a burglary at the home of an 85-year-old woman.

Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 12:26 pm
Updated Wednesday, 10th August 2016, 1:29 pm

The incident took place at around 11.10am on July 30 at a property on Beach Road, Fleetwood when a man entered the property through the front door, before being confronted by the wheelchair-bound occupant.

He stated he was waiting for his mother and entered the lounge and sat down by a table at the window.

He then stood up and opened drawers escaping with a purse containing around £10, a wallet containing around £50 and a black handbag containing two pairs of glasses.

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The offender is described as a white male, aged around 19 or 20, tall and of slim build, with short dark-coloured hair and a local accent. He was wearing a light grey fleece-top with a white zip and possibly grey trousers or jogging bottoms.

DC Martyn Leigh, of Blackpool Police, said: “This is a despicable crime committed against someone who is clearly vulnerable. We are determined to find the offender and bring him to justice and we would urge anybody with information about the incident to contact us, however small – please do not hesitate to get in touch.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference WD1604785.

Alternatively Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.