Women robbed at knifepoint as police warn of burglary 'spike' (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Women robbed at knifepoint as police warn of burglary 'spike'
TWO women were robbed at knifepoint in their home - as police warn of a "spike" in burglaries this week.
Police say three men broke in through the front door of the house in Badlis Road, near Lloyd Park in Walthamstow, just after 7.30pm on Wednesday (November 7).
When they discovered the two ladies, aged 41 and 60, sitting in a bedroom they threatened them with a large knife before ransacking the room.
The trio then searched the rest of the house and made off on foot towards Winns Terrace after stealing a laptop and mobile phone with an estimated value of £500.
It is believed that they were dropped off and picked up by a fourth man, described as Asian, who was in a black getaway car at the junction with Carr Road.
The ward's Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) say there have been seven burglaries reported to them in the Chapel End area in the last 12 weeks.
In the 12 months to September burglaries are down 12 per cent on last year in Waltham Forest but a Met spokeswoman said there had been a "spike" in incidents this week.
It includes 11 burglaries in the last 24 hours, with most break-ins through back doors during daylight hours.
Police have released descriptions of the suspects wanted in connection with the Badlis Road incident.
The first man is described as Asian and aged between 20 to 25-years-old, who is approximately six feet tall and of a slim build.
He was wearing a jacket with a hood and dark coloured gloves.
The second man is said to be a black man aged around 20-years-old with a stocky build.
He was wearing a brown knee length jacket and dark gloves.
The third suspect is described only as a black man.
A Met spokeswoman said: "A number of witnesses have come forward but we would ask that anyone with information about this incident contacts Waltham Forest Police on 101.
"Or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
No arrests have been made.
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