Burglar pushed elderly woman over in wheelchair and left her trapped

Bournemouth Echo: Burglar pushed elderly woman over in wheelchair and left her trapped Burglar pushed elderly woman over in wheelchair and left her trapped

AN elderly woman was left trapped in her home after a “despicable” attack by a burglar.

Detectives in Ferndown are appealing for witnesses following the aggravated burglary in West Moors. Police said today that the incident happened between 6pm and 9.40pm on Friday at a home in Heathfield Way.

An unknown man gained entry and attacked the occupier, a woman in her seventies.

When she confronted him he pushed her wheelchair over, while she was seated in it, causing her to fall out and be trapped.

The offender carried out a search of the property and stole a large quantity of cash.

He left the victim incapacitated on the floor to be discovered later by a member of her family. She sustained a head injury, which required hospital treatment.

Detective Constable Andrew Burley, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This is a despicable crime on a vulnerable elderly woman.

“The offender is described as dressed in dark clothing and is believed to have been wearing a balaclava with a white scarf or T-shirt covering his lower face.

“I urgently appeal for anyone who saw this man or recalls any suspicious activity in the area at the time to come forward as soon as possible.

“Anyone with information is asked to call the police on 101 in the strictest confidence.”

David Leighton, chief officer of Age UK Bournemouth, called the attack “shocking”.

He said: “The effects of crimes such as this can last far longer than the physical injuries. Many older people feel very insecure in their home and it is difficult for a victim of an assault to recover their confidence and so quality of life.

“This was a shocking attack on a vulnerable older person and I would appeal to anyone with information to come forward and speak to the police.”

No arrests have been made.

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 20:484. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

Age UK Bournemouth provides a range of services to support vulnerable older people in Bournemouth and the surrounding area. For details call 01202 530530.

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3:47pm Mon 23 Dec 13

60plus says...

I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,
I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out, 60plus

7:19pm Mon 23 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

60plus wrote:
I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,
Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any.
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,[/p][/quote]Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any. O'Reilly

11:31pm Mon 23 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

O'Reilly wrote:
60plus wrote:
I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,
Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any.
Another out of town heroin tourist who our Bournemouth Council house at our cost then rob us!
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Close all the homeless shelters, druggie clinics and stop all benefits to people with no association to the area.
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Whatever you do, NEVER BUY A BIG ISSUE! Ever,ever,ever,ever.
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[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,[/p][/quote]Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any.[/p][/quote]Another out of town heroin tourist who our Bournemouth Council house at our cost then rob us! . Close all the homeless shelters, druggie clinics and stop all benefits to people with no association to the area. . Whatever you do, NEVER BUY A BIG ISSUE! Ever,ever,ever,ever. .. HRH of Boscombe

9:00am Tue 24 Dec 13

downmoor-ch63 says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
O'Reilly wrote:
60plus wrote:
I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,
Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any.
Another out of town heroin tourist who our Bournemouth Council house at our cost then rob us!
.
Close all the homeless shelters, druggie clinics and stop all benefits to people with no association to the area.
.
Whatever you do, NEVER BUY A BIG ISSUE! Ever,ever,ever,ever.

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Whilst agreeing with the first comment, plus the first answer, I think that in your case, your brain has to be in action before your tab, for unlike your most enviable situation,, I would like to remind you that this is CHRISTMAS, and not the right time for, your (ALL IN ONE POT OUTBURST) but in the said spirit of CHRISTMAS, a BIG GET WELL SOON, TO THE VICTIM OF THIS CALLOUS ATTACK, and also to yo a merry CHRISTMAS and GOOD START TO THE NEW YEAR!.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: I bet that burglar is real proud of himself ,attacking a disabled elderly lady,hope his friends sort him out,[/p][/quote]Doubt the callous wretch has got any friends.... he doesn't deserve any.[/p][/quote]Another out of town heroin tourist who our Bournemouth Council house at our cost then rob us! . Close all the homeless shelters, druggie clinics and stop all benefits to people with no association to the area. . Whatever you do, NEVER BUY A BIG ISSUE! Ever,ever,ever,ever. ..[/p][/quote]Whilst agreeing with the first comment, plus the first answer, I think that in your case, your brain has to be in action before your tab, for unlike your most enviable situation,, I would like to remind you that this is CHRISTMAS, and not the right time for, your (ALL IN ONE POT OUTBURST) but in the said spirit of CHRISTMAS, a BIG GET WELL SOON, TO THE VICTIM OF THIS CALLOUS ATTACK, and also to yo a merry CHRISTMAS and GOOD START TO THE NEW YEAR!. downmoor-ch63

2:10pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Nostrils says...

The wheelchair was electric and would have needed a high force to push over. The victim, in her 70's suffers from MS android have been helpless. If it were for relatives living locally, she might have been there until the morning. Someone must have seen or heard something or will know who did this. This could have been your mother, grandmother or aunt - do the right thing and contact the police with anything you know, however trivial. Thanks
The wheelchair was electric and would have needed a high force to push over. The victim, in her 70's suffers from MS android have been helpless. If it were for relatives living locally, she might have been there until the morning. Someone must have seen or heard something or will know who did this. This could have been your mother, grandmother or aunt - do the right thing and contact the police with anything you know, however trivial. Thanks Nostrils

4:35pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mikeymagic says...

Three things here....

1) I hope the lady in question gets over this as quickly as possible and enjoys her xmas

2) I hope this scum bag is caught, and not necessarily by the police!

3) Elderly people, please stop thinking that under the mattress is safer that the bank! There is protection to a good level and if that's not enough use two banks. But stop keeping large amounts of cash in the house!
Three things here.... 1) I hope the lady in question gets over this as quickly as possible and enjoys her xmas 2) I hope this scum bag is caught, and not necessarily by the police! 3) Elderly people, please stop thinking that under the mattress is safer that the bank! There is protection to a good level and if that's not enough use two banks. But stop keeping large amounts of cash in the house! mikeymagic

8:07am Wed 25 Dec 13

matthew bell says...

Dorset Police & the local Council should visit every home of every elderly person/s in the county & ensure they have got good security systems available & are vigilant regarding strangers & personal security (money & valuables). Prevention is a good means of tackling drug abusers & violent criminals. This is the only practical solution, regardless of how much it costs!!!!
Dorset Police & the local Council should visit every home of every elderly person/s in the county & ensure they have got good security systems available & are vigilant regarding strangers & personal security (money & valuables). Prevention is a good means of tackling drug abusers & violent criminals. This is the only practical solution, regardless of how much it costs!!!! matthew bell

7:29pm Wed 25 Dec 13

misplacedspaniard says...

matthew bell wrote:
Dorset Police & the local Council should visit every home of every elderly person/s in the county & ensure they have got good security systems available & are vigilant regarding strangers & personal security (money & valuables). Prevention is a good means of tackling drug abusers & violent criminals. This is the only practical solution, regardless of how much it costs!!!!
Or just punish criminals properly (ie chop off their hands)
[quote][p][bold]matthew bell[/bold] wrote: Dorset Police & the local Council should visit every home of every elderly person/s in the county & ensure they have got good security systems available & are vigilant regarding strangers & personal security (money & valuables). Prevention is a good means of tackling drug abusers & violent criminals. This is the only practical solution, regardless of how much it costs!!!![/p][/quote]Or just punish criminals properly (ie chop off their hands) misplacedspaniard

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