Lakenheath residents asked to look for bag stolen from home of 89-year-old attacked by masked men

Bag similar to that stolen from Connie Hallford ANL-140303-130852001
Bag similar to that stolen from Connie Hallford ANL-140303-130852001
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Neighbours of 89-year-old Connie Hallford, who was attacked by masked men in her Lakenheath home two weeks ago, have been asked to look out for a bag stolen during the burglary.

Police have released a photograph of a similar bag and are asking residents living close to Arrowhead Drive, where the attack took place, to check around their properties, gardens and bins.

Dog walkers are also asked to keep an eye out for the item, which may have been discarded near-by. 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 after the attack 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.

Crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has offered a £2,000 reward for reports leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the crime.

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.