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Fake window cleaner robs 93-year-old woman in Lynstead near Sittingbourne

Efit of a man being hunted after a 93-year-old woman was robbed in Lynsted
Efit of a man being hunted after a 93-year-old woman was robbed in Lynsted

This man is being hunted after a 93-year-old woman was robbed by a fake window cleaner.

She was targeted by a man who stole £300 when he burst into her home in Cellar Hill Lynstead, near Sittingbourne.

The victim was in her living room when he came in through the kitchen door and told her he was collecting money for window cleaning.

She stood up to confront him, but he pushed her down and forcibly held her in place before stealing her purse out of her knitting bag.

The offender ran out of the door with her purse, containing bank cards and £300.

Police said the offender is described as white, with dark short hair and a "longish face". He was clean-shaven and thought to have been in his late 20s.

Detectives have now released an efit of a man they want to speak to about the incident, between 1.55pm and 2.07pm on last Tuesday.

DCI Ann Lisseman, from Kent Police, said: "While the victim suffered no injuries, we are classing this as robbery because the offender used force to restrain his vulnerable victim.

"Someone out there must recognise this man and I'd ask you to call into us as soon as possible.

"Targeting an elderly lady and stealing her belongings is a despicable thing to do and we are following up every possible line of enquiry to find the offender and bring him to justice.

"Despite her ordeal, the victim has shown remarkable courage and fortitude in helping us compile an e-fit, and I'd like to commend her for her bravery."

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to phone police on 01795 419230, quoting reference XY/021845/13, or Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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