‘I won’t ever forgive them’, says Connie, 89

Connie Hallford, 89.
Connie Hallford, 89.

A brave 89-year-old woman has said she will never forgive the three masked men who attacked her in her Lakenheath home.

Connie Hallford was in her living room in Arrowhead Drive between 7.45pm and 8.05pm on Monday, when she heard a loud bang at her front door.

When she got up to see what was happening, she saw three men running into her home, one of whom men struck her, knocking her to the floor and demanding she hand over money.

The men made a search before leaving at the back of the property.

Speaking today, Connie said: “I heard a loud bang on the door and then it was bashed down. Three men walked in over the mess and I was hit over the head and fell to the floor.

“I told them to clear off but they kept asking me for money, and two searched the house while the other stayed with me. He was asking if I was alright but I had blood pouring down my face.

“It all happened so quickly and I felt so frightened. They didn’t stay long and once they’d left I called the police on 999 who came really quickly. The ambulance also came and took me to hospital where I had to stay the night.

“I’m very cross and angry with whoever did this, I won’t ever forgive them.”

The men were described as wearing dark clothing with their faces covered.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward, and are particularly keen to trace the occupants of a black Vauxhall car that was seen in the Back Lane area of Lakenheath around 7.30pm.

Detective Inspector David Giles said: “The response to our initial appeals has been disappointing. However, we have a team of officers working in the area and continue to make enquiries. People living nearby have been visited and leaflets have been distributed.

“Our victim, Connie, has been incredibly brave today by waiving her anonymity and hopefully this will bring forward some new information.

“We are sure someone out there knows who has committed this despicable crime and we urge anyone with information to get in contact immediately.”

If you were there or if you have any information about the incident or the offenders please call Suffolk Police as soon as possible by dialling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555 111.