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Dementia pensioner tied up and robbed

Reporter: Richard Hooton
Date online: 29 May 2014

A 76-year-old Oldham dementia sufferer was tied up as her home was robbed.

In a crime that has shocked police officers, the vulnerable pensioner was tied up by two men before they stole her laptop computer.

The woman saw the pair on bikes near her house in Ashton Road on Tuesday evening. She spoke to them and went with them to a nearby barn then back into the house, where they tied her hands and left her in the kitchen before stealing the computer.

The pair are described as being in their late teens. They wore dark clothing.

One of them rode a mountain bike with white on one side and black on the other. The second had a BMX bike with three heavy pronged wheels rather than spokes (see picture).

Det Cons Andy Swettenham said: “This was a shocking crime on a vulnerable member of our society. The bikes are very distinctive and I believe someone may know who is responsible. If you do, call us.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 8891 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.


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