Pensioner petrified by shovel burglary

A PENSIONER was left petrified after a man broke into her home and threatened her with a shovel in the early hours of the morning.

At about 4.30am on Monday 5 October 2009, the offender smashed the rear kitchen door of a house on Thelwall Avenue, Fallowfield.

He went upstairs and into the bedroom of a 64-year-old woman, where he threatened her and stole a number of items, including jewellery  and personal documents. One of the items stolen was a gold charm bracelet with 49 crystals and charms attached to it.

The intruder is described as black, about 24-years-old, 6ft tall and of medium build and ‘afro’-style hair. He was dressed in dark clothing and armed with a shovel.

The victim was not injured but left extremely shaken.

Detective Constable Matt Smith, of Longsight CID, said: “The victim was alone in her own home when she was confronted by an aggressive and armed intruder.

“I don’t think anyone can truly comprehend the true extent of such a frightening ordeal and I would urge members of the community to think about how they would feel if it was themselves or a loved one that had been through this and to do the right thing and call police.

“While the items stolen are not of huge monetary value they are of deep sentimental value and I am keen to reunite the victim with her possessions.

“I know someone will have seen something or know who is responsible and I would encourage them to come forward and help me identify this man.

“All information will be treated in strict confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Longsight CID on 0161 856 1376, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


One Response

  1. Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

    Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

    Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

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