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79 year old hid in house for days fearing her life after being mugged by gang

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Police have released an image of a battered elderly victim after she was set upon by a gang of four muggers.

The 79-year-old victim was so scared by her ordeal that she remained housebound for a number of days and didn’t even report it to police for fear of the robbers finding her.

Her ordeal began after she had visited Tesco on Mancunian Way, Haughton Green. She believes this at around 11am in the first few days of 2014, but she cannot narrow-it down any further due to the time that has elapsed.

As she walked down this road she was approached by four men, one of which asked her for a cigarette. She said she didn’t have any so they asked her for money. They then rifled through the victims pockets before punching her a number of times to her head, knocking her to her knees. While on her knees they continued to punch her before running off onto the playing fields at the rear of Mancunian Road. Nothing was stolen.

The victim suffered extensive bruising but managed to walk home, where she stayed for five days, fearful of a repeat attack.

When her daughter visited her on the fifth day she saw the horrific bruises and posted a picture of them on Facebook, appealing for help in catching her attackers.

Officers based at Hyde saw the post, made a number of inquiries, and managed to trace the victim. The ringleader of the offenders was described as possibly mixed race with a lighter coloured face, 5ft 11in tall in his mid 20s with short black cropped hair and a slim build. He was wearing reddish gloves similar to rubber kitchen gloves, mud-splattered jeans and a coat.

A second offender was white, pale and described as thuggish-looking. He was shorter, appeared to be in his late teens more muscular build and was also wearing green rubber gloves. The other two offenders were also white, in their early teens and were described as looking similar in the face.

Detective Inspector Richard Ennis, from Tameside Police, said: “This poor victim was so distraught by what happened that she essentially shut herself away from the world, fearing that these horrible muggers would find her. Thankfully her daughter paid her a visit and was at least able to offer some solace of comfort. I understand why she didn’t want to tell anyone about what happened and she must have felt extremely vulnerable. I would, however, always encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime to call the police.”

“We have ways of protecting your identity and can provide professional support to victims and witnesses.”

“These young men ruthlessly beat a lone elderly woman. Two of them appear to be quite young, but they were clearly led by two older men.”

“I also want to appeal direct to both the offenders and their families – please look at the picture and imagine it’s your own grandma or mum. You wouldn’t want your loved ones to end up like this.”

“If you feel uneasy by what happened then please call the police, anonymously if necessary.”

“Horrific unprovoked attacks like this are rare in Haughton Green and I want to reassure residents that we are doing all we can to bring the offenders to justice.

“I also want to praise the officers for their dogged determination to trace the victim. Thanks to their hard work we are now able to reassure her that we are doing everything in our power to catch the offenders.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Hyde Police Station on 0161 856 9484 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

Anyone who is currently missing from home Missing people are here to help you whenever you are ready; they can listen, talk you through what help you need, pass a message for you and help you to be safe. Call. Text. Anytime. Free. Confidential. 116000

They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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