89-year-old man robbed in his own home
Detectives are appealing for information and witnesses after an
elderly man was robbed in his home in Newport.
At around 6.10pm on Tuesday January 31, 2012, two men
knocked on the door of a property in Gaces Acre and
pushed past the 89-year-old to get inside.
One of the men held him down on his bed while the other stole £500
in cash from a wallet in the man's coat.
The elderly man was badly shaken but suffered no visible
The suspects were both white men and
were wearing dark clothing.
Insp Kevin Wakefield said: "This type of callous crime is very
rare in Uttlesford district and has no place in our society.
"I would strongly urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in
the area during the time in question or who has information about
the criminals responsible for this robbery to contact us."
Peter Caulfield, Crime Reduction Advisor for Uttlesford
district, said: "Neighbourhood Watch is very active in Newport and
we have made the local community aware of this distressing
"Neighbourhood policing officers will be patrolling the area
regularly and residents are welcome to speak to them for crime
prevention advice. They are also most welcome to contact me
directly at Saffron Walden police station by calling 101.
"I would advise residents to use a door chain or door bar when
opening their door to an unexpected caller. It takes seconds to use
one and it will alert an opportunist thief that your awareness of
security is high. Faced with one of these devices, thieves will
usually make their excuses and move on."
Anyone with information is urged to contact CID at Chelmsford,
where the investigating officer is Dc Andrews, on 101, or call
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.