Woman threatened by intruders

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Police are appealing for information after a 53-year-old woman was confronted by three masked men who threatened her with a knife before stealing a large quantity of jewellery.

The incident, at a property on Darkwood Way, Shadwell, happened after victim returned home on Tuesday, November 8, about 6pm police said this week.

After entering the house the woman went straight up to a bedroom where she was confronted by the first suspect, who police believe had followed her into the house.

He was then joined by two further suspects, who then threatened to ‘cut’ the victim with a knife unless she gave them jewellery and cash.

While searching the bedroom the victim had her hands tied with electrical cord, a tissue or rag placed in her mouth, and had an item of clothing pulled over her head and wrapped round her neck.

The suspects stole two jewellery boxes; one was red and the other was silver with a small padlock. Both contained a number of rings, bangles, and necklaces.

A platinum Rolex wrist watch was also snatched from the victim before the suspects fled by stealing the victims car, which was a black, four-door, old shape, Vauxhall Astra. The registration plate of the vehicle, which has not been recovered, is YD56 GKU.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The victim managed to free herself after the suspects’ had left and raised the alarm.

“She was not injured but has been left understandably shaken and distressed by the incident.”

Suspect one is described as a white, six-feet tall, stocky build, aged in his twenties and was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, black trainers and a jacket with a front zip. He spoke with a local accent.

The other two men are thought to be stocky, aged early to mid 20s, five-feet 11-inches to six-feet tall and were wearing dark clothing and spoke with local accents.

Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Darkwood Way area at the time of the incident and saw anyone matching the descriptions or any suspicious activity to come forward.

Officers would also like to trace the stolen vehicle and are asking anyone who may have seen it to get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Tim Lewis at Stainbeck CID via: 0845 60 60 606 or call Crimestoppers anonymously and in confidence on: 0800 555 111.