Hunt after two men attack woman pensioner in her own home in Rownhams

Daily Echo: Woman, 65, grabbed by throat and thrown to floor as she answers front door Woman, 65, grabbed by throat and thrown to floor as she answers front door

A HAMPSHIRE pensioner was grabbed by the throat and pushed to the floor by two thugs during a terrifying attack in her own home.

The shaken 65-year-old was assaulted after opening the door to the suspects at her home in Phillips Close, Rownhams.

People living on the estate have expressed their shock at the attack, which happened between 7.45pm and 8pm on Friday (January 24).

Now officers have launched an urgent appeal for witnesses to the assault.

Police say the men shouted “drugs” as soon as the frightened woman opened the door barged past her as she lay on the floor.

Her 21-year-old grandson was in the house at the time of the assault and went to her aid.

He managed to get the men out of the hallway and back through the door before slamming it shut.

Police are trying to trace the pair but no description has been released.

They have carried out door-to-door enquiries as part of the ongoing investigation.

Neighbours say a police car was parked at the entrance of the close throughout Saturday.

Shocked residents told the Daily Echo the incident was out of character for the area.

One homeowner, who did not want to be named, said: “It's very shocking.

“It is a quiet area but that could be one of the reasons why it has been chosen.

“We were away but it's very surprising to hear. You do wonder when you open your door.”

Another neighbour said: “I saw a police car parked on the corner of the close on Saturday morning when I went to take the dog for a walk and it was parked there for some time.

“It's horrendous - I'm amazed it has happened.

“When I saw the police car I thought we had another tragedy here. There have been unexpected deaths here but never anything like this.

“Ordinarily I feel very safe here and it's mindboggling it can happen in your own home. It makes you realise it could happen to you at any time.”

Another man said: “It is out of the blue. You don't expect it round here as it's pretty quiet, but there have been nippers coming and going.

“I bet she's really shaken up.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or spotted the two men hanging around outside the house prior to the assault is asked to contact Romsey police on 101.

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7:37am Tue 28 Jan 14

Micle1974 says...

I'm not one to judge but sounds like they were looking for her grandchildren ?
I'm not one to judge but sounds like they were looking for her grandchildren ? Micle1974
  • Score: 14

8:52am Tue 28 Jan 14

massimoosti says...

Sounds like the Grandson is serving up and they were out to tax him.

Just like all the other recent taxing home raids reported He'll keep tight tongued and it'll further feed the panic in those not aware of what actually goes on in the city who will believe that there are innocent people being attacked in their own homes and at their front doors.

For every time one is reported because someone innocent has been caught up in it there are at least another ten unreported.

Taxing dealers of cash and goods is usually the perfect crime as they don't report it for obvious reason and the days of it being the reserve of the citys doorman are long gone.
Sounds like the Grandson is serving up and they were out to tax him. Just like all the other recent taxing home raids reported He'll keep tight tongued and it'll further feed the panic in those not aware of what actually goes on in the city who will believe that there are innocent people being attacked in their own homes and at their front doors. For every time one is reported because someone innocent has been caught up in it there are at least another ten unreported. Taxing dealers of cash and goods is usually the perfect crime as they don't report it for obvious reason and the days of it being the reserve of the citys doorman are long gone. massimoosti
  • Score: 13

6:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

theburrower says...

Maybe they new exactly which house to target. Maybe they had visited before .
Maybe they new exactly which house to target. Maybe they had visited before . theburrower
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Tue 28 Jan 14

owiseone says...

suspicious minds you have . then again you might have a point !!
suspicious minds you have . then again you might have a point !! owiseone
  • Score: 1

8:09am Wed 29 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

Yes I agree with the other posters, the old lady deserved it or something, because she lives in an area where there's a possibility her grand-children might be drug users.
Yes I agree with the other posters, the old lady deserved it or something, because she lives in an area where there's a possibility her grand-children might be drug users. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -2

9:30am Wed 29 Jan 14

massimoosti says...

She didn't deserve it at all.................
she was caught up in it.
She didn't deserve it at all................. she was caught up in it. massimoosti
  • Score: 2

1:44pm Wed 29 Jan 14

gilbertratchet says...

massimoosti wrote:
She didn't deserve it at all.................

she was caught up in it.
I know. That was sarcasm. The other posters seem to think she was asking for it by association.
[quote][p][bold]massimoosti[/bold] wrote: She didn't deserve it at all................. she was caught up in it.[/p][/quote]I know. That was sarcasm. The other posters seem to think she was asking for it by association. gilbertratchet
  • Score: -1

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