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Woman held at knifepoint in home in Bedfordshire

An elderly woman had a necklace pulled from her neck by a robber who held a knife to her stomach at her home in Bedfordshire.

A man knocked at her door in Brickhill on Monday and forced his way in.

She grabbed his hand and asked him what he wanted but he held a knife to her stomach and snatched the necklace and a bracelet from her wrist.

The woman called for help and the man left. He is described as black, in his 20s, short and was wearing sunglasses.

'Shocking attack'

He had on a long dark green jacket with his hood up, which was pulled down over most of his face.

He had black trousers or jeans, and dirty dark grey gloves. The sunglasses were large and brown.

Police said the necklace is 18 carat with links that are a third of an inch (1cm) thick on a 24" (60cm) chain holding a gold crucifix.

The bracelet is also 18 carat with links of the same size.

Det Con Andrew Boston said: "This is a shocking attack upon an elderly lady in her own home.

"The offender clearly has no respect for the elderly and has preyed on the victim due to her vulnerability."

Anyone in the Carron Road area of Brickhill at about 1330 GMT on Monday is asked to contact police.

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