A BURGLAR who stole a 97-year-old woman’s savings is being hunted by police.

Thousands of pounds was taken from the elderly victim’s home during the sneak break-in.

It happened some time between Saturday and Tuesday, March 11 to 14, in Elm Street, South Moor, Stanley, County Durham.

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Sergeant Dave Clarke said: “It is a despicable crime, which has united the community in their disgust.

“She is at a time in her life when she should be looking forward to getting a telegram from the Queen.

“I have no doubt at all that if anyone does know who it they will let us know and they will be brought to justice.

“It is awful and it increases the fear of crime when people see this sort of thing.”

Police are now urging people with information to come forward.

Sgt Clarke added: “Did you see anything suspicious in the area last weekend, or do you know someone who has been on a spending spree lately?

“Any information would be treated in the strictest of confidence.”

Wellwishers have launched an online appeal to raise money for the victim.

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  • To help call Sgt Clarke or Detective Constable Chris Bentham, on 101 and quote CRI00042570.