Elderly woman gagged by burglars claiming to be delivering food

Police have called witnesses after five burglars who claimed to have delivered food during the pandemic gagged an elderly woman in east London.

The men broke in after getting the victim to open the door, city police said.

One of the burglars sat on her chest to hold her while jewelry was cut off her wrist.

The victim – a woman in her eighties – had a sock in her mouth and was told not to speak during the ordeal at her home in Plaistow, Newham, Thursday night.

The five suspects are described as men in their twenties wearing black clothing.

One was wearing black Nike sweatpants with red piping.

The police were called around 7 p.m. Thursday and it is estimated that the break-in lasted 20 to 30 minutes.

The incident is being investigated by the Met’s North East Burglary and Robbery Unit.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police using the reference number CAD 006400 / 21JAN21 at 101 or anonymously at Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests and an investigation is ongoing.

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