Raid terror victim, 89, begs for return of treasured watch
AN 89-year-old Beeston woman who could only watch helplessly as two burglars ransacked her home has begged them to return a treasured watch.
The victim was in her dressing gown, watching television downstairs, when she heard a noise upstairs on Thursday night.
She went to investigate and found two men ransacking her bedroom.
The thieves turned out drawers until they found cash and jewellery, including a watch her late husband had given her.
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The victim, who did not want to give her name, said: "I saw the bedroom light on and there were two fellas in there going through everything.
"I was panic-stricken. I said, 'I must phone my son'. They came up to me and took the phone from me.
"Then one touched my arm and said 'keep calm'."
The thieves got in through a back window of the house in Muriel Road at about 8.15pm.
They took cash and the watch, which the woman's husband, who served in the RAF, had brought back as a gift for her from Aden, Yemen, in 1948. It has an oblong face and a gold strap.
Another stolen watch was a temporary replacement because the first was not working. The thieves did not hurt the woman.
She added: "The watch my husband gave me has huge sentimental value, I just want it back."
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call 101 and quote incident 728 of January 24. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers, free and anonymous, on 0800 555111.