OAP condemns home raiders

Hillingdon Times: Connie Hallford, who was badly beaten when three masked men burst into her home (Suffolk Constabulary/PA) Connie Hallford, who was badly beaten when three masked men burst into her home (Suffolk Constabulary/PA)

An 89-year-old woman who was badly beaten when three masked men burst into her home has said she will never forgive her attackers.

Connie Halford suffered head injuries after the raiders forced their way into her home in Lakenheath, Suffolk.

One of the men struck her, knocking her to the floor before demanding money and ransacking the house.

The widow, who worked as an engineering tracer during the Second World War, is staying in a care home after hospital treatment.

She said: "I heard a loud bang on the door and then it was bashed down. Three men walked in over the mess and I was hit over the head and fell to the floor.

"I told them to clear off but they kept asking me for money and two searched the house while the other stayed with me. He was asking if I was all right but I had blood pouring down my face.

"It all happened so quickly and I felt so frightened."

Once the gang left, Mrs Halford dialled 999 and the police and ambulance service arrived.

It is not clear what was stolen.

"I'm very cross and angry with whoever did this, I won't ever forgive them," she added.

The attack happened in her home in Arrowhead Drive between 7.45pm and 8.05pm on Monday.

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

Police have issued appeals for people in the area at the time to come forward and are particularly keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car seen in the Back Lane area around 7.30pm.

Detective Inspector David Giles said: "The response to our initial appeals has been disappointing. However, we have a team of officers working in the area and continue to make inquiries.

"Our victim, Connie, has been incredibly brave today by waiving her anonymity and hopefully this will bring forward some new information.

"We are sure someone out there knows who has committed this despicable crime and we urge anyone with information to get in contact immediately."

Anyone with information should call Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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