An 89-year-old woman is recovering in hospital after being attacked by three masked men at her home in Lakenheath.
The woman was struck to the head with a blunt object during the attack yesterday evening.
Detective Inspector David Giles (pictured below) said the woman was vulnerable and living alone at a property in Arrowhead Drive. She was watching television between 7.45pm and 8.05pm when she heard a bang on the back door and went to investigate.
She was confronted by three masked men. One man knocked her down and demanded money from her. They then searched her home and left by the back door.
DI Giles said: “This is a despicable, nasty crime against a vulnerable, elderly female who is now going to be significantly affected.”
The victim called 999 after the men left the property and was taken to West Suffolk Hospital where she has been kept overnight. The wound to her head has been described as the size of a 50p piece.
Zoe Wilsher, of Wingfield Road, was walking her dog in a footpath next to the victims house at the time of the attack. She said she was not aware of a disturbance until police cars sped past her in Lakenheath High Street.
Ms Wilsher said: “It’s not normal. We have had house break-ins and there’s a lot of oil and stuff being nicked but not attacks. I feel very sorry for her. My grandma lives around here and I would hate that to happen to her.
“I think it’s very sad, I hope they catch them.”
Near-by residents described the area as safe and said they were ‘shocked’ by the attack.
Rachel Powell, of Wingfield Road, said: “Everyone is pretty friendly around here it’s one of those places where everybody says good morning. It’s really quite shocking.”
DI Giles said the victim is in a stable condition and is expected to be released from hospital within the next 24-hours.
He said: “Generally burglaries are low in Suffolk. Properties are typically unoccupied and people come home to find they’ve been robbed. It is rare for offenders to break into a house and attack people.”
The three men have been described as wearing dark clothing with their faces covered. They spoke with English accents. Police have asked anyone who was in the area between 7.30pm and 8.30pm to come forward as they may have information to assist them.
An appeal has also been made to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath at about 7.30 last night. The car is believed to have contained three men to whom police would like to speak. Contact Suffolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800555111.