A man is set to appear in court after an incident which reportedly saw an elderly woman tied up and threatened by in her own home.

The incident happened at around 4am on Sunday (July 2) when the man allegedly broke into her home on Japonica Way in Norton, Stockton and tied the woman’s arms and legs before stealing her bank card.

The woman, in her 70s, was left badly shaken with facial injuries.

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A 40-year-old man has now been charged with robbery, false imprisonment and two counts of fraud in connection with the incident.

He will appear before Teesside Magistrates Court on Tuesday (July 4).

The Northern Echo:

On Sunday a Cleveland Police spokesperson said: “It was reported that a male intruder bound the victim’s arms and legs and stole her bank card before making numerous threats.

“Officers believe the suspect then fled the scene by climbing over the rear fence of the address.

“The victim was taken to hospital for facial injuries and shock and has been left extremely shaken by the incident.”