Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Woman, 78, Bound and Gagged in Raid; Terror in Quiet Suburb as Gunman Terrorises Pensioner

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Woman, 78, Bound and Gagged in Raid; Terror in Quiet Suburb as Gunman Terrorises Pensioner

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Byline: By Chris Robinson

A GUNMAN is being hunted by police after threatening an elderly woman before tying her up with tape in her home and robbing her.

The man conned his way into the 78-year-old's terraced house in the Osborne Road area of Jesmond, Newcastle, by asking her for a pen and piece of paper.

But when the pensioner went inside, he followed her before threatening her with what is believed to be a handgun.

He bound her hands and ankles with tape, gagged her and then began raiding her belongings.

He left with a small amount of cash and personal items before the pensioner managed to untie herself and raise the alarm.

The police helicopter was launched and sniffer dogs searched the area.

Last night concerned residents told of their shock at the attack, which happened around 2.30pm on Thursday, in the quiet residential area of the upmarket Newcastle suburb.

TheJournalhas decided not to print the name of the street name where the woman lives. She was last night too distressed to talk and was being looked after by family. Her daughter said her mother was badly shaken but otherwise uninjured.

Resident David Field, 66, said: "I'm appalled that someone could do this. I should think she was absolutely terrified. It's just amazing nothing more serious happened."

Medical student Vicky Hough, 20, added: "It's awful and it doesn't seem like the type of thing that would happen around here at all."

Last night Jim Cousins, MP for Newcastle Central and himself a Jesmond resident, said the fact that elderly people live in the area is often overlooked because of all the resident students and young professionals.

He added: "It is extremely serious and older people in particular are very concerned about the threat of violent crime. "We should recognise that Jesmond is an area where there are a lot of older people whose difficulties are often overlooked because people think that they live in an area that's completely populated by students and young professionals. …

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