Kirklees Residents Warned After Several Robberies

The suspects are targeting elderly people.

Police in Kirklees are urging members of the public to be vigilant after three reports of robberies on people's home in Batley.  

Officers are also appealing for witnesses or anyone who has any information on the incidents to come forward.  

The robberies all happened in streets close to Bradford Road.  

The first of the three incidents happened at around 10.40am on May 1 in Carlinghow. The victim, an 89-year-old woman, was in her home address when three men forced entry and pushed the victim to the floor.  

One of the suspects searched the house, while the two other men stayed with the victim. They made off with a small quantity of cash and several items of jewellery. 

The suspects are then believed to have made off in a blue, Citroen Picasso.  

A 44-year-old male was arrested in connection with the incident and has been released pending further enquiries. 

The second incident happened at around 12.30pm on May 3 in the Hyrstlands Park area, when four men forced entry to a property through the back door and knocked the victim - an 84-year-old woman - to the floor.  

Two of the suspects stayed with the victim downstairs, while the two others searched the upstairs of the property. They made off with a quantity of cash.  

The third incident happened at approximately 9.40pm in Soothill on May 3 when three men forced entry to the property through a back window. The victim, a man aged 80, was pushed to the floor and two of the men began to search the property, while the third stayed with the victim.  

The suspects made off with a large quantity of cash in a light coloured van parked outside the front of the property. 

Detective Inspector Mark Colman, of Kirklees CID, said: "These are extremely distressing incidents for each of the three victims involved, and we would urge any witnesses we haven't already spoken to, to come forward with any information.  

"At the minute, we are treating the burglaries as three separate incidents, but haven’t ruled out the possibility they may be linked."  


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