Terminally ill woman targeted by thieves twice in three days


Police are appealing for witnesses after a terminally ill Dewsbury woman’s home was targeted twice in three days.

The first incident happened between 5.30pm and 5.45pm on Thursday (30 October). While the victim, a 35-year-old woman, was in her house in Moorside Avenue, unknown people entered and made a search before leaving with a camcorder and cash. The victim did not have any contact with those involved.

Then this morning, Saturday, 1 November, at around 10.15am, two males entered the house and pushed the victim’s head against a wall before leaving the property. It is not believed that anything was taken in this incident.

The males involved in the latest incident are described as wearing balaclavas. The first is described as 16-17-years-old, of chubby build. He was wearing a black hooded top, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers. The other is described as around 14-years-old, of slim build. He was wearing a black hooded top, grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers.

Detective Sergeant Paul Keitch, of Kirklees CID, said: “It is clearly concerning that this vulnerable woman’s home has been targeted twice in a short period of time, with the intruders in this latest incident also using violence against her. Thankfully she was not seriously hurt but nonetheless this was a frightening experience for her and it is vitally important that we identify those involved.

“We are supporting the victim and her family, which includes advising on how the property can be made more secure. Additional patrols are also being put in place to provide reassurance and deter any further offending.

“As part of our ongoing enquiries we have been speaking to those living in the area but I would urge anyone with information about either of these incidents or the people involved to call Kirklees CID on 101.”