A £2,000 reward has been offered for information to trace the masked men who attacked 89-year old Connie Hallford in her Lakenheath home.
A £2,000 reward has been offered for information to trace the masked men who attacked 89-year old Connie Hallford, last week.
Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has offered money for reports leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.
Mrs Hallford was at her home, in Arrowhead Drive, between 7.45pm and 8.05pm on February 17, when she heard banging at the door.
She went to investigate and was confronted by the door falling to the ground and three dark-clothed men who had their faces covered.
One of the intruders hit her with a blunt object, knocking her to the floor and causing blood to rush from a gash on her head the size of a 50p piece.
Speaking last week Mrs Hallford said: “They said ‘have you got any money? We want some money’. And I said no I haven’t got any because I’m just a poor widow,”
The men searched her home before finally leaving through the back door.
Yesterday police carried out anniversary checks speaking to pedestrians and motorists who may have been in the area at the same time last week.
Detective Inspector David Giles said: “Anniversary checks can often prove quite fruitful when we speak to people who haven’t yet been spoken to.
“We hope having officers in the area may have jogged someone’s memory from last week. Something that may not have seemed significant at the time may be the small piece of information we need.
“Connie is still receiving help and support and doing surprisingly well considering her ordeal.
“We are determined to find the people responsible for this awful crime and I would urge anyone with information to come forward.”
Crimestoppers Eastern regional manager Ann Scott said: “Lakenheath is a quiet, rural town in Suffolk and this incident has shocked residents to the core. I am utterly disgusted that whilst this elderly woman lay on the floor with blood pouring down her face these men still demanded money from her. We need to find those responsible and stop this from happening to other innocent people.
“Nobody has anything to fear by contacting Crimestoppers if they have information about this offence. We never ask for your name or take any personal details. We do not record or trace your call or IP address. You won’t have to give a statement, speak to the police or go to court – we only want to know what you know, not who you are.”
Police have issued appeals for people who were in the area at the time to come forward and are particularly keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath around 7.30pm.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Bury St Edmunds CID on 101 quoting crime no. MH/14/265 or anonymous calls can be made to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.