Police have released information and images of a suspect who they wish to speak to in connection with the incident.
A 91-year-old woman was tied up, blindfolded and burgled in her Chelsea home, police revealed today.
The intruder entered the flat in Elystan Place, SW3, at approximately 12.15am before pulling the woman from her bed and tying her up with her jumper.
Police have released information and images of a suspect who they wish to speak to in connection with the incident on August 25.
The suspect, believed to be a man in his mid-twenties, covered the woman’s face and went through her flat, stealing a number of items including various pieces of jewellery.
The woman managed to untie herself several hours later and immediately called emergency services.
She was taken to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and treated for injuries to her face, arms and ribs.
DC Clare Chattaway from Kensington Chelsea Robbery Squad said: “This was a vulnerable 91 year old woman being awoken in the middle of the night in her own home.
“Elderly people suffer shock like everyone else, and this could have been much worse than cuts and bruises.
“The elderly have a right to feel safe in their own home. While the suspect may be an opportunist burglar, we need to find him and ensure this does not happen to anyone else.”
The suspect is described as a black male with a smooth shaven head, approximately 25 years old, 5ft 9” wearing blue jeans and a dark a dark-coloured hoody. He has a London accent.
DCI Rhys Willis added: “Instances like this are extremely rare.
“We are meeting with members of the community and working with the local authority to reduce burglary in Kensington and Chelsea.
“We have officers from the local Safer Neighbourhoods team, who are increasing their patrols in this ward.”
Anyone with information should call Chelsea and Kensington Police on 020 8246 0231 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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