Brave 82-year-old scratches robber during struggle at home

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An elderly woman left a robber with scratches after fighting back when he barged into her home.

The 82-year-old was returning to her property on Springhill Close in Outwood on Saturday night when the man followed her and forced his way in.

Police said she struggled with the robber and suffered bruising to her body before the thug escaped with her purse.

Detective Constable Bryn Hampshire, of Wakefield District CID, said: “During the struggle that took place in the property, the victim scratched the man to the face. It is not know whether this has left any visible injury but we would urge anyone who knows someone matching this man’s description who has returned home with an unexplained scratch to their face to make contact.”

He added: “This was understandably an extremely frightening experience for the victim and identifying the man responsible is an absolute priority for us.

“The victim was returning from visiting a convenience store in Potovens Lane and it is possible that this man has followed her from there or somewhere along the route. We are keen to hear from anyone who saw a man matching the suspect’s description in the Potovens Lane or Lingwell Gate Lane area before the offence or who saw a man in the Ledger Lane area afterwards.”

The robber was white, in his late teens to mid 20s, between 5ft 2ins and 5ft 6ins tall and was wearing light-coloured trousers with a darker hooded top.

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