Home intruder flees after 91-year-old woman from Colsterworth, near Grantham, alerts police
A 91-year-old woman from Colsterworth, near Grantham, came face-to-face with a home intruder in what police believe is a one of a series of similar incidents.
Despite being 'confused' by the man's appearance in her Bourne Road property, the quick-thinking pensioner alerted police via her Lifeline alarm.
A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said: "At 3pm on Friday it is believed a man got in through a window at the victim's home.
"The man appeared from the kitchen and came into the lounge and started engaging the elderly woman in conversation.
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"She was confused and alerted police via a Lifeline alarm.
"The offender then left through the front door.
"This is an extremely upsetting incident for the victim."
Police believe the Colsterworth incident is linked to two others, in Thurlby and Market Deeping, on the same day.
"At addresses in Northorpe Lane in Thurlby and Godsey Lane in Market Deeping occupants - one as old as 95 - found a man, or two men, in their homes.
"They had either broken in through windows, or got in through unlocked doors.
"The man/men left the house once discovered and it is unclear at this stage if anything was taken.
"The only real descriptions of the suspects is that they are white and between 30 and 40 years old."
Police are appealing for anyone who saw any suspicious looking people or vehicles in the areas on Friday afternoon or evening to get in touch as soon as possible.
Officers are also urging families to discuss the issue with elderly relatives and to review home security – including keeping doors and windows locked whenever possible.
Anyone with any information can call DS Simon Todd in Grantham CID via the non emergency 101 number quoting incident number 130 of January 12th, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.