Police appeal for information after Castleford stabbing

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Police are appealing for information after a member of staff at a residential care home in Castleford was stabbed in the arm by an intruder this morning (Saturday).

The 67-year-old victim was in the kitchen area of The Beeches care home in Ferrybridge Road at around 6.15am this morning when she has heard a scratching sound at the back door. Believing the sound to be a cat, the female staff member has opened the door and was confronted by a man who has forced his way in and punched the victim. She has screamed and as colleagues have joined her, the man has stabbed her in the arm with a pen-knife before running from the scene.

The woman involved was taken to hospital where her injuries are described as non-life threatening.

The man is described as being of mixed race, around 30-years-old, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing a body warmer and jeans.

Around 20 minutes prior to this incident, a member of staff at a nearby residential care home has confronted two men in the property grounds. The men have made excuses before leaving the area. The staff member has traced back the men’s footprints which led to a first floor window.

The men in this incident are both described as Asian.

Superintendent Karen Gayles, of Wakefield District, said: “Due to both properties being care homes and their vicinity to one another, we are linking these incidents. It is particularly concerning that these men appear to be targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and their motives for doing this are currently unclear.

“We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. We have put on additional patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to identify these two men.

“Our officers have been making other residential homes in the area aware of these incidents and we would ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us.

“Anyone who believes they have seen these suspects or who has any information about their identities is asked to call Wakefield District CID on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency situation please call 999.”