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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 December 2006, 10:07 GMT
Robbers target 101-year-old woman
Police in Cheshire are hunting two thieves who kicked in the door of a 101-year-old woman and stole her Christmas savings.

The men broke into the woman's house in Ellesmere Port on Sunday evening before threatening her and stealing the cash.

Cheshire Police described the robbery, which happened on Faraday Road in Whitby, as "heartbreaking".

A spokesman said the elderly woman was uninjured during the robbery but was left very shaken.

The men, aged about 18 to 20, were both thin and about 5ft 8ins tall. One was wearing a grey sweater.

'Matter of time'

The force is now appealing for the community to help catch the pair responsible for the robbery, described as "an appalling crime" by senior officers.

Det Ch Insp Andy Southcoate said: "It is disheartening to hear about any offence of this kind.

"When you consider the age of the victim and the fact the money taken was probably all she had saved for the Christmas period, it makes it even more heartbreaking.

"I strongly believe the people of Ellesmere Port will not allow this crime to happen and I think it's only a matter of time before someone comes forward with the names of these thieves so justice can be done."

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