AN ELDERLY woman was left shaken after a burglar broke into her home and shone a torch in her face before making off with her purse and cash.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the woman's terrifying ordeal in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday, October 28.

At around 5.30am the pensioner was awoken to a man shining a torch in her face. She asked who the man was.

He searched rooms in the woman's property, on Huncote Avenue, Blackbrook and stole a purple leather purse containing credit and debit cards and a quantity of cash.

The woman was not injured but left shaken by her ordeal, say police.

The man is described as stocky build, around 5ft 8in tall and wearing black clothing. He is described as having a ‘gruff voice’.

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Detective Sergeant Leanne Toole said: “I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around Huncote Avenue this morning who saw or witnessed anything suspicious to contact us.

“I would also ask for anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage to check their cameras in case they have captured something significant.

“Thankfully the woman was not hurt but this must have been a shock for her to be woken in her own home in such a way. We are determined to capture this person and bring him to justice.”

  • Anyone with information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference: 20000652630.