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Three jailed after Bolton pensioners robbed

Wednesday, May 9th 2012 01:00

Three people have been sentenced after two pensioners were left terrified in their own homes after robbers raided the house for jewellery.

Usman Suleman (born 5/1/87) of Princeville Avenue, Bradford and Shafraz Khan (born 2/1/91) of Farnham Road, Bradford have both pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at Bradford Crown Court.

Suleman was sentenced to seven years and Khan was sentenced to seven years.

Bibi Yasmeen Khan (born 26/11/90) of Mancroft Avenue, Great Lever, Bolton pleaded guilty to burglary at an earlier hearing.

She was sentenced to two years.

At about 1.35pm on Friday 29 July 2011, the two women, aged 65 and 72, were at home on Lever Edge Lane when there was a knock at the door.

The victim who went to answer the door saw three people including Bibi Yasmeen Khan, holding a clipboard.

As soon as she opened the door she was forced back by the two men and marched into the living room, where threats were made to both women.

They were ordered to take off their jewellery before men then went to find knives from the kitchen.

In the meantime, Bibi Yasmeen Khan was searching the rooms upstairs.

The men went back to the living room armed with kitchen knives. They stabbed the sofas, inches from where the victims were sitting, making demands for cash and more jewellery.

During the ordeal one of the knives was put to a victim
s face.

They then forced one of the women, who needs a wheelchair, upstairs to tell them where more jewellery was kept.

The offenders then stole the jewellery, and cash. On their way out, they took away all phones to prevent the victims from calling the police immediately.

They ran off and left in a Vauxhall Astra.

Later that day, Suleman was arrested by police on suspicion of another offence. Inquiries were made after he was caught in a Vauxhall Astra, and he was later arrested on suspicion of the robbery.

Bibi Yasmeen Khan handed herself into police and Shafraz Khan was arrested at his home in Bradford.

Detective Constable Andy Devine said:
"This was a shocking, cowardly attack where two defenceless women were targeted in their own home for jewellery.

"They were left terrified by an ordeal where knives were brandished in front of them, threats were made and, quite appallingly, a disabled woman was forced up the stairs. All the while, there was a woman upstairs roaming the house to steal property.

"As the price of gold continues to soar, we suspect that burglars are targeting homes they believe might contain jewellery.

"I would urge residents to take extra care of their jewellery and to store it securely in safety deposit boxes in banks and building societies. If jewellery has to be left in the house then residents should ensure that it is kept out of sight and securely locked up.

"People can also follow crime prevention advice such as locking windows and doors, keeping valuables out of sight, setting alarms and adjusting time lights to come on to give the impression that the house is occupied.

Residents should also consider registering their valuable items on immobilise.com, a free online database which is checked by police forces across the UK and enables them to return stolen items to rightful owners in the event that they are found.

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