Crimewatch plea brings new leads in Bradwell burglary

DETECTIVES are pursuing new lines of inquiry after a Crimewatch appeal over a Hope Valley pensioner who was threatened with a knife in her own home.

Police said the investigation team had received several calls from viewers after a reconstruction of the aggravated burglary at Netherside, Bradwell, appeared on Tuesday’s edition of the BBC programme.

Detective Sergeant Tim Nye said: “We’re pleased that the appeal generated several calls.

“One caller suggested a suspect, which we will investigate further. We very much believe that the answer to this crime lies locally.

“Someone in the local area will know who carried out this robbery and I hope that new information will continue to come in.”

Cash was stolen from the house during the burglary, at around 6.30pm on Wednesday, February 23.

The householder had been upstairs when she realised a man was standing behind her, holding a knife.

He threatened her and she ran past him and down the stairs.

He followed her and punched her in the face before running off.

The victim suffered bruising to her arm, a cut lip and pain to her face.

She described the robber as white and of slim to medium build.

He wore a black balaclava and a long sleeve grey sweatshirt with white writing on the chest.

Police arrested two men, aged 19 and 18, in connection with the incident but they were later released without charge.

• Anyone with information should call police on 0345 123 3333 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.