Kidbrooke grandmother, 98, dragged out of her bed by gang of thieves

Kidbrooke grandmother, 98, dragged out of her bed by gang of thieves

Mrs Isaac in happier times

Kate Henderson

First published in News News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , reporter

A 98-YEAR-old grandmother is distraught after being hauled out of her bed by a ruthless gang of thieves who ripped the wedding ring from her finger.

The "despicable" thugs smashed into Sarah Isaac’s Kidbrooke home and threw her onto her bedroom floor - leaving a gash on her arm - before looting her room while she watched helplessly on January 12.

They dragged the rings from her fingers - including her own and her dead husband’s wedding bands - ransacking her room before leaving with her purse, house keys and pension money.

The grandmother-of-two, who lives in Wricklemarsh Road, was already security-conscious and slept with her handbag under her pillow - which was also snatched - having been burgled twice before.

Granddaughter Kate Henderson, who lives in Wilson’s Way, Meopham, told News Shopper: "She was very distressed.

"My understanding is about three men gained access to her house through her back door, smashed a glass panel, went up to her bedroom, dragged her out of bed onto the floor, dragged the rings from her fingers, her bracelet, and left her lying there on the floor while they ransacked her room.

"She had to be taken to hospital - she had a gash in her arm where they had man-handled her off the bed."

Mrs Isaac, nicknamed ‘Cis’ as the eldest of seven children, suffers from dementia and is now terrified in case the villains return.

Her 37-year-old granddaughter says the family "feel sick" after the raid which left broken glass and clothes and mess strewn everywhere.

The head of customer care at an asset manager said: "I think they have to be the lowest of the low, I can’t understand what goes through somebody’s head.

"To actually physically attack a vulnerable 98-year-old woman - I just don’t understand it. "We worry about her falling but it didn’t occur to us that someone would target her. "You feel sick. It is just devastating."

Former school dinner lady Mrs Isaac, who has lived there for more than 60 years, cannot understand why she was targeted and stayed with her family because she was too scared to return home.

The widow is most upset about the loss of her beloved husband-of-60-years Arthur Isaac’s gold wedding ring and has made a public plea for its safe return.

Greenwich police are keen to speak to anyone who saw anything suspicious on Wricklemarsh Road on January 12 between 4pm and 6pm. DC Karl Buckwell said: "This particular incident is rather despicable and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have information that can assist with our investigation".

Anyone with information about the crime should contact police on 0208 284 9449.

Greenwich police's advice for home security for the elderly and vulnerable:

• Fir doors with a 5 lever mortice deadlock.

• Ensure the frame is strong and will support the door, hinges and lock.

• Make sure your door is a minimum of 45mm thick.

• Consider fitting a London Bar or Birmingham bar to provide additional support to the frame.

• Letterboxes should have an internal cover plate.

• Fit a spy hole and door chain.

• Do not leave house keys in or near the door as they can get removed through the letterbox.

Greenwich police can get an officer to visit you and provide crime prevention advice. Email policegreenwich@met.police.uk

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11:47am Mon 21 Jan 13

reasonable75 says...

And in the unlikely even they're caught, what's the worst that will happen?
And in the unlikely even they're caught, what's the worst that will happen? reasonable75
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12:37pm Mon 21 Jan 13

joertmclark says...

Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service.
Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service. joertmclark
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1:17pm Mon 21 Jan 13

dsg700 says...

Lets go round a beat their granny up and see how they feel. Little baskets
Lets go round a beat their granny up and see how they feel. Little baskets dsg700
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1:57pm Mon 21 Jan 13

rarecockneyguvnor says...

dsg700 wrote:
Lets go round a beat their granny up and see how they feel. Little baskets
I agree only trouble is their granny probably lives in Somalia.

Nuff said.
[quote][p][bold]dsg700[/bold] wrote: Lets go round a beat their granny up and see how they feel. Little baskets[/p][/quote]I agree only trouble is their granny probably lives in Somalia. Nuff said. rarecockneyguvnor
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11:13am Tue 22 Jan 13

ksc says...

joertmclark wrote:
Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service.
"to Mrs Isaac's for not assisting the burglars with the removal of her wedding ring, resulting in severe burglar fatigue"
[quote][p][bold]joertmclark[/bold] wrote: Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service.[/p][/quote]"to Mrs Isaac's for not assisting the burglars with the removal of her wedding ring, resulting in severe burglar fatigue" ksc
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12:00pm Tue 22 Jan 13

cupidstunt1976 says...

they need flailing on their bare buttocks when caught] i begsy front row seats with erastus puh-lease!
they need flailing on their bare buttocks when caught] i begsy front row seats with erastus puh-lease! cupidstunt1976
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12:02pm Tue 22 Jan 13

joertmclark says...

ksc wrote:
joertmclark wrote:
Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service.
"to Mrs Isaac's for not assisting the burglars with the removal of her wedding ring, resulting in severe burglar fatigue"
haha brilliant!
[quote][p][bold]ksc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]joertmclark[/bold] wrote: Knowing our judges, the punishment will be probably 10 hours community service.[/p][/quote]"to Mrs Isaac's for not assisting the burglars with the removal of her wedding ring, resulting in severe burglar fatigue"[/p][/quote]haha brilliant! joertmclark
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4:42pm Tue 22 Jan 13

mouthalmighty says...

Appalling. To do that to anyone is bad, but to an old frail lady. Shameful.
Appalling. To do that to anyone is bad, but to an old frail lady. Shameful. mouthalmighty
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7:13pm Thu 24 Jan 13

lollie,erith says...

too many people being attacked and robbed in their own homes. the poor lady. i hope the burglars pick on the wrong person and get what is coming to them.
too many people being attacked and robbed in their own homes. the poor lady. i hope the burglars pick on the wrong person and get what is coming to them. lollie,erith
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