�10,000 reward over woman assault

MASKED muggers left a woman battered and bruised as they raided her home, stealing cash and jewellery and then driving off in her car.

Lorraine Mitchell from Essendon was threw to the floor and repeatedly hit in the face as the thugs broke into her Bedwell Avenue home.

The 42-year-old and her 11-year-old daughter, who had a friend staying over, were then threatened by the raiders, who fled in Mrs Mitchell’s silver Land Rover sport, after taking her valuables.

The car was then dumped at the bottom of the road as the offenders took off in another vehicle.

Police are today (Wednesday) renewing their appeal for information to last summer’s brutal robbery – and have released these horrific pictures of the victim in a bid to trace those responsible.

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Detective sergeant Lee Waller said the attack, at about 11.20pm on Friday, July 23 last year, was “targeted”.

“This was a terrifying ordeal for the woman and her daughter to go through and we are determined to find those responsible and bring them to justice,” he said.

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“We have been working hard to solve this crime and I am hoping that by releasing images of the terrible injuries Mrs Mitchell sustained, that anyone protecting someone involved in this crime will realise they do not deserve to be protected.

“In addition to this, Mrs Mitchell’s family, in partnership with Crimestoppers are offering a cash reward of �10,000 for anyone that comes forward with information that leads to the arrest and successful conviction of those responsible for this terrible crime.”

Det Sgt Waller added: “I would like to stress there will be no ramifications for you if you do supply information to Crimestoppers as there is no chance you will be identified.

“Any information you provide, no matter how insignificant it may seem could really help us to solve this terrible crime.”

Call the police on 0845 33 00 222 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 with information.

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