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Intruder pushes pensioner to floor

PUBLISHED: 17:55 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 03 July 2010

A GREAT Yarmouth grandmother was pushed to the floor by a burglar, who then ran off with her handbag containing cash.

The 71-year-old, who recently underwent a major knee operation, was left bruised after the burglary at her Kitchener Road home shortly before 6pm on Monday.

A GREAT Yarmouth grandmother was pushed to the floor by a burglar, who then ran off with her handbag containing cash.

The 71-year-old, who recently underwent a major knee operation, was left bruised after the burglary at her Kitchener Road home shortly before 6pm on Monday.

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, was in her front room on the telephone when she heard a bang at her back door. She said: “I walked towards the back door and I could see a young man on the floor. He was crawling into the kitchen from the back door.”

She approached the burglar, who leapt to his feet suddenly, walked towards her and pushed her to the floor.

“As he pushed me on the ground he said: 'Sorry, love' and then walked out,” she said.

As she lay on the floor, the burglar stole her black leather handbag which was hanging on the back of a chair. It contained a purse with cards and £120 in cash.

“I immediately called my neighbour and she came in and noticed my handbag was missing. I hadn't noticed because it all happened so quickly,” she said.

Police later discovered that neighbours had seen the man unlock her back gate and walk into her garden while they were parking their car.

The victim said: “I have a lot of visitors so they assumed it was someone I knew.”

The man being sought was wearing a dirty white or grey

T-shirt, black jeans and a plain black baseball cap.

He is slim, about 20 years old and has black hair cut just below the ear. He spoke with a northern accent.

Norfolk police would like to hear from anyone with information about the crime.

They have stressed that any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be vital in tracing him.

Contact Det Con Holly Beevis at Yarmouth CID on 0845 456 4567 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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