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Collier Row and Harold Hill pensioners left ‘angry and upset’ after burglaries

PUBLISHED: 16:00 19 February 2018

Hoque was charged on Thursday.

Hoque was charged on Thursday.

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Pensioners suffered at the hand of thieves yesterday as two burglaries were committed just a few miles apart.

Denise Raymond, 63, of North Hill Drive, Harold Hill, phoned the police at 6pm after she spotted a man dressed in black by her back gate.

After a visit from the police, a few hours later she realised that her bag had been stolen.

Denise, who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last year and had another round of chemotherapy last Monday, says she hopes the culprit is caught.

She said: “I was watching television when I heard a noise coming from the kitchen.

“Chemotherapy takes a lot out of you so I was still recovering from the treatment and a bit slow to get up.

“When I went into the kitchen, the back door was shut but I saw someone by my gate and called the police - I didn’t see they took anything until later.

“I was so angry and upset, scum bags like that can’t get away with doing this.”

Another burglary also took place yesterday at 4.25am in Grimstone Close, Collier Row, when two white men, aged between 25 and 30, entered a house via the front UVPC door, took two keys located directly next to the door and stole two white Ford cars.

The victims were a 69-year-old man and his partner a 65-year-old woman.

The investigation is ongoing in relation to CCTV footage captured.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “The message here is please keep valuables out of sight from the front door or windows.

“Things such as keys, cash and documents should be kept hidden and in not so obvious places for thieves to find.”

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