Trio of violent burglaries – police urge residents to be vigilant

THREE elderly victims in Batley have been targeted by robbers in the space of two days.

All three incidents followed a similar pattern, with a gang of men forcing their way into a home and knocking the victim to the floor. One or two would search the house and the rest stayed with the helpless pensioner.

The robberies all happened in streets close to Bradford Road, Batley, and police are urging people to be vigilant.

The first of the three incidents happened at around 10.40am on May 1 in Carlinghow. An 89-year-old woman was at her home address when three men forced entry and pushed her to the floor.

One of the suspects searched the house while the other two stayed with the victim.

They are believed to have fled the scene in a blue Citroen Picasso, with a small quantity of cash and several items of jewellery.

On May 3 at around 12.30pm, four men forced entry through the back door of a property in Hyrstlands Park, knocking an 84-year-old woman to the floor.

Two men stayed with the victim while the other two searched the house, making off with a quantity of cash.

The third incident happened on the same day at 9.40pm in Soothill, where three men forced entry to a property through a back window.

The victim, a man aged 80, was again pushed to the floor while two suspects searched the house. This time they made off with a large quantity of cash in a light-coloured van parked outside the front of the property.

Detective Inspector Mark Colman said: “At the minute, we are treating the burglaries as three separate incidents, but haven’t ruled out the possibility they may be linked.

“Our officers are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and our patrols have been stepped up in the area.”

Anyone with any information should contact police on 101, quoting crime reference 13170194907.

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