South Scotland

Woman, 90, confronts intruder in Eastriggs home

An elderly woman confronted an intruder after he broke into her home and stole hundreds of pounds worth of jewellery.

The 90-year-old was sleeping when the thief targeted her home in Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway, at about 00:45.

She was woken by her dogs barking and when she got out of bed, the intruder fled the house with jewellery worth more than £1,500.

Police Scotland have branded the crime as "despicable" and appealed for help in tracing the intruder.

He escaped from the house Annan Road with items including a china musical box containing an engagement ring as well as some gold and silver chains.

Det Con Scott Barr of Police Scotland said: "This is one of the worst types of crime that we have to investigate where an elderly lady, in bed in her own home, has her house broken into and has to confront the intruder.

"Despite this frightening experience the lady has provided us with a fairly good description of the intruder."

The man was between 5ft 7in and 5ft 9in tall and of stocky build. He wore a dark windstopper-style jacket with a flash of red on the chest and a hood which came down over his head.

He also wore black trousers and black footwear.

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