Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Someone Knows This Cowardly Attacker

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Someone Knows This Cowardly Attacker

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Byline: Sophie Barley Crime Reporter sophie.barley@trinitymirror.com

A HEARTBROKEN daughter is offering a PS1,000 reward to find the thug who attacked her disabled mum on her doorstep.

The 62-year-old grandmother, called Rose, was left terrified after a hooded man attacked her in her Linthorpe home, demanding money.

She managed to get out of the house in Southwell Road but he followed and threw her to ground before running off with a small amount of cash.

Rose suffered a broken hip which needed surgery.

Her devastated daughter Jayne Howe is now offering a reward to find the "cowardly" man who did it.

She said: "Someone knows who this man is. We all have mums so please if you know who this person is I implore you with all my heart to tell the police because if he gets away with it he will do it again, I have no doubts."

Rose was attacked at about 3pm on August 15 when she answered her front door to be confronted by a man in a hooded top - with the hood pulled tight around his face.

Mrs Howe, from Skipton, North Yorkshire, said: "This man pushed open the door, pushing my mum backwards. As he entered her property he proceeded to lock the door behind him.

"My mother could do nothing to defend herself as this cowardly person grabbed her, pressed his face to hers and demanded money."

She said the man put Rose on the sofa, telling her to stay there quietly while he searched the house for cash.

Mrs Howe, 43, continued: "He went in every room in the house and, while upstairs, my mother knew she had to try and get out of the house.

"As terrifying as it was, she managed to get to the front door and outside, trying frantically to bang on the neighbour's door.

"As she did this the man came running down the stairs then outside grabbing at her and pulling her back inside."

The neighbour opened the door to see the man throwing Rose to he ground. She suffered a broken hip, cuts and bruises.

Mrs Howe said: "I must thank the neighbour for giving chase to the suspect, but unfortunately he got away with a small amount of cash."

Rose has spent the last seven weeks in a rehabilitation home recovering from her injuries. …

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