Woman left with serious injuries by violent gold thieves in her Leeds home

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A woman was subjected to a savage beating by burglars who “targeted” her for her gold jewellery.

The 61-year-old was found in a “terrible” state by her son after the attack at her home in Mount Pleasant Road, Pudsey, last Friday, which left her with fractures to both sides of her jaw, a broken wrist and cuts to her arms.

The masked robbers burst in through her patio doors when she was in her kitchen and threatened her with a knife.

They demanded jewellery and punched and kicked her, before dragging her upstairs and searching the house, before making off with a large amount of Asian gold jewellery.

Over the the weekend she has had surgery to her jaw at Leeds General Infirmary, but now has been discharged.

Detective Inspector Neil Thompson, of Leeds District Crime Team, appealed for the public’s help, saying the men needed urgently to be caught: “This was an appallingly violent attack on a woman in her own home by robbers who we believe were specifically targeting her for Asian gold jewellery.

“Her son found her in a terrible state after the incident and her family are understandably shocked at what has happened.

“The men responsible have shown themselves to be capable of a high level of unprovoked violence and they need to be caught at the earliest opportunity.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed anything around the time of the incident or who has any information that could assist the investigation.”

The men - who are believed to have been white - are thought to have been using a silver Subaru Impreza, registration YD60 RWX, that was stolen in a burglary in Ilkley the day before and was later recovered in Bradford, bearing a false registration BD60 ZMY.

DI Thompson added: “We are carrying out extensive enquiries and would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the movements of that vehicle between the times it was stolen and recovered or any information about who has been using it. This was a really cowardly attack on a woman who was alone at home and we would urge anyone who knows anything to contact us.”

Contact DC 6587 Alex Daniels at Elland Road via 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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