29 October 2015

We are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information which helps catch three men who attacked a widow during a robbery in her home.

June Shaw, 62, was dragged on the floor and tied to a chair with masking tape during the terrifying ordeal shortly before 8pm on October 17.

Her attackers, all wearing balaclavas, threatened her with a crowbar before stealing a number of precious jewellery and belongings – including gifts from her late husband.

The trio carried the stolen items away in a Christmas bag, made for Mrs Shaw’s children by her mother-in-law.

Mrs Shaw, from Shirley Common, near Ashbourne, spent an hour and a half freeing herself from the chair before phoning police.

She was treated for injuries and has suffered flashbacks since the incident.

We are offering up to £10,000 for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the robbery.

Speaking of the stolen belongings, Mrs Shaw said:

“They are sentimental items that my husband bought me. My husband worked very hard, long hours and he didn’t see his daughters when they were little.

“He did buy me bits and bobs and it gave him pleasure to do that. It also helped me to cope with the fact that I was a widow because I had tangible reminders of our life together.”

Hear Mrs Shaw talk about her horrific ordeal:

Mrs Shaw added: “I’ve heard about people saying about flashbacks and I’ve not quite understood but I keep get the image of the three men. I feel very wary now, especially of men and of anybody that might come to the door.

“I’m worried about going out or social functions and that the clocks have changed and it will be dark in the morning and at night.

“I’m not sleeping and I’ve got swollen areas from where the tape was around me and a very very sore back from friction burns.

“It just seems so awful to happen in your own home. This very terrible thing happened to me and I wouldn’t want it to happen to any other person. I feel very vulnerable being in my home.”

Do you know who is responsible?

If you have information about the incident, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the Anonymous Online Form

“This was a horrific and cowardly attack on a lone woman.

“She has not only had to endure the loss of incredibly precious belongings but she has also suffered injuries and has been left traumatised and afraid in her own home.

“The men responsible cannot be allowed to escape justice. I would urge anyone who has information to contact us anonymously through our 0800 555 111 phone line or online.

“Help us to take these thugs off the street and ensure that they cannot strike again.”

- Sue Witts, Regional Manager for Crimestoppers in Derbyshire