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E-fits issued after elderly woman assaulted during burglary

We’re issuing E-fit images of a man and woman we want to identify in connection with a burglary at the home of a 76-year-old woman in Shirehampton.

At about 9pm on Sunday 17 November, the victim, who uses a walking stick, went into her lounge to find an unknown man and woman standing there. The offenders demanded jewellery and money.

During the incident, the man struck the victim in the face, knocking her backwards into a chair. She later managed to reach for her mobile phone and activate an alarm button, following which the offenders left the scene empty-handed.

Investigating officer DC Gemma Crew said: “This is an extremely callous attack on an elderly woman in her own home. She was left extremely shaken following her ordeal and is still being treated in hospital after suffering two broken bones in her back.

“We’ve carried out house-to-house enquiries in the area and our focus now is on identifying the two people in the E-fit images.

“The man in the image is described as white, in his mid-twenties, of stocky build and about 5ft 8ins. He had an Irish accent and shoulder-length black/brown hair. He was wearing dark coloured jeans which were covered in white paint, a dark brown/blue hooded top, which had writing across the front.

“The woman in the image is around 20 years old, about 5ft 6ins, of slim build with dark hair described by the victim as dirty. She was wearing dark blue jeans, which were torn or ripped.”

If you know anything about this offence, or recognise the people in the images, please contact us through our website here or call us on 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5219266407.