Police renew appeal after elderly woman in wheelchair pushed over during attack

Bournemouth Echo: Police renew appeal after elderly woman in wheelchair pushed over during attack Police renew appeal after elderly woman in wheelchair pushed over during attack

POLICE are renewing their appeal after an elderly woman in a wheelchair was pushed over during an attack at her home.

The incident took place on Friday December 20 in the West Moors area between 6pm and 9.40pm at an address along Heathfield Way.

Officers want to hear from residents who had unwanted cold callers on that day as well as people who might have noticed someone who obtained a large amount on cash over the weekend.

An unknown man gained entry into the premises 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: “Following enquiries I am appealing for information concerning anyone who has unexpectedly obtained a large amount of cash over the weekend following this incident.

“I would also like to hear from any residents in the West Moors area who had any unwanted canvassers or cold callers in the afternoon and evening on Friday 20 December.”

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.

DC Burley continued: “I continue to 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.”

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.

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