Lakenheath: Police carry out anniversary checks for 89-year-old victim of aggravated burglary

Connie Hallford after three intruders burst into her Lakenheath home. Connie Hallford after three intruders burst into her Lakenheath home.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
2:28 PM

Police have carried out anniversary checks one week after an 89-year-old woman was attacked in her home.

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The victim, Connie Hallford, who last week agreed to waive her anonymity, was in her living room in Arrowhead Drive, Lakenheath around 7.45pm – 8.05pm on Monday, February 17, when she heard a loud bang at her front door.

She got up to see what was happening and saw three men running into her home. One of the men struck her on the head, knocking her to the floor and made a demand for money. The men made a search before leaving via the back of the property.

Last night, Monday, February 24, between 5.30pm and 9pm, officers carried out anniversary checks in the area where the aggravated burglary took place, speaking to pedestrians and motorists who may have been in area at the same time last week.

Twenty-five people were spoken to and police will now take this information away to see if it can take the investigation forward.

Detective Inspector David Giles who is leading the investigation 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.”

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

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.

A team of officers has been working on the case, carrying out house to house enquiries, leaflet dropping and following up on information already received. Coupled with this Crime Scene Investigators have carried a fall forensic examination of the house to gathering evidence.

Last week, when speaking about her ordeal, Connie spoke of feeling very frightened, cross and angry and said she would never forgive the men who did this to her.

Additionally, independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers has today announced it is offering a reward of up to £2,000 for information passed on directly to the charity anonymously on 0800 555 111 that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) responsible for this offence.

If you can help police with their enquiries and feel you have any information which can help move the investigation forward you are 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.

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