Police are appealing for witnesses after a couple broke into an elderly woman's home
The octogenarian was at home on Wednesday evening when she heard a knock on the door and went to answer it.
She was greeted by a man and a woman with scarves around their faces, who barged into the home and tied the woman to a chair using cable ties.
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The couple rifled through the woman's possessions, stealing cash and jewellery and then left, leaving their victim helpless.
The woman managed to wriggle free from the cable ties and dial 999 after her ordeal which happened in Oak Avenue, Christchurch, Dorset, but was unhurt apart from some bruising.
The man and woman had scarves around their faces and tied the pensioner to a chair
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: "Detectives are appealing for witnesses after an elderly woman was tied up and burgled in her own home in Christchurch.
They tied the victim to a chair with cable ties and stole cash and jewellery
Dorset Police spokesman
"The incident happened at around 9.30pm in the Oak Avenue area when the victim heard a knock at her front door.
"She opened the door and a man and a woman wearing scarves over their faces forced themselves into her address.
"They tied the victim to a chair with cable ties and stole cash and jewellery from the address before leaving.
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The thieves then raided her home and stole cash and jewellery
"The victim – aged in her 80s – managed to free herself from the ties and contact police. She suffered some bruising."
Detective Sergeant Andy Haworth, of Bournemouth CID, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim in her own home. I am appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed two people acting suspiciously to contact police.
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