Woman, 96, sees off house burglar


Surrey Police have praised a pensioner who stood up to a burglar in her home

A 96-year-old woman who stood up to a burglar in her home has been praised for her bravery by police.

The elderly woman was woken at 1am on January 21 by the sound of someone searching her home in Harrow Road East, Dorking, where she has lived since 1937.

A Surrey Police spokeswoman said: “Unruffled, the lady told the suspect to ‘get out’ and the man left the property empty-handed.”

The suspect is described as a white man, in his early 20s, 5ft 6ins, of medium build, with a chubby face and short black or dark brown hair. He was wearing a black jacket and a lighter top underneath.

Detective Constable Audrey Cumiskey said: “The lady has lived in her home since 1937 and she is determined to remain there.

“This is the third time she has been burgled but with your help we can identify those wicked enough to target a 96-year-old lady and ensure they are brought to justice.

“Scenes-of-crime officers attended the property and we are following a number of lines of enquiry. However, your assistance could make all the difference to this investigation.”

Mole Valley neighbourhood inspector Terri Poulton added: “Officers from the local Safer Neighbourhood Team have previously visited the lady advising on security measures and how to stay safe.

“We will be looking at what extra measures can be put in place but I appeal to anyone who can help us catch those behind these burglaries to come forward.

“This offence will shock most people, especially given the victim’s age, but by working together we can protect this lady and the wider community by removing those responsible from the streets.”

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