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Fake police officers hold Morley woman at knifepoint

POLICE APPEAL Detectives have released this image of a man they want to speak to after a robbery in Morley.

POLICE APPEAL Detectives have released this image of a man they want to speak to after a robbery in Morley.

Two men posed as police officers and held a woman at knifepoint in a house in Morley.

The duo locked the 54-year-old woman in her bathroom as they stole jewellery and cash from her home at Wide Lane yesterday (Thursday).

Today police issued an e-fit image of a man they would like to speak to following the robbery at 9.22am.

Det Insp Mark Swift, of Leeds District CID, said: “This is a serious offence in which a woman has been threatened with a knife and restrained in her own home, leaving her fortunately uninjured but understandably also deeply upset.”

The woman answered the door to two men who appeared to be police officers. They asked if they could come in to speak to her as they had news about a relative.

When they came in she noticed one of them was carrying duct tape and a screw driver. The men grabbed her as she tried to run away and threatened her with a knife before beginning to search her home.

Both men left shortly afterwards with a substantial amount of jewellery and cash, leaving the woman trapped in the bathroom.

The suspects were described as white men in their 20s. They were dressed in dark coloured clothes and wore high visibility jackets.

One of the men had particularly pale skin and blue eyes.

Det Insp Swift said: “This was an unusual incident for the Morley area and we believe this was a targeted rather than random attack. I want to reassure residents a number of active enquiries are underway and again appeal for anyone who can assist the investigation to contact us.

“We would also like to speak to anyone who comes across the stolen jewellery which is pictured, or is offered it for sale.”

For pictures of the stolen jewellery click here.

Call Leeds District CID on 0113 2414 642 or CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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