Burglars break Barking stroke victim’s shoulder in raid

Hasumati and Arvind Patel outside their home in Cecil Avenue, Barking, after the burglary.

Hasumati and Arvind Patel outside their home in Cecil Avenue, Barking, after the burglary. - Credit: Archant

A stroke victim says she is living in constant fear after burglars broke her shoulder and raided her bedroom.

Neighbour Ramona Todersacu, 15, rescued Hasumati Patel after hearing her cries for help.

Neighbour Ramona Todersacu, 15, rescued Hasumati Patel after hearing her cries for help. - Credit: Archant

Pensioner Hasumati Patel, 67, was shoved face-down on her doorstep by intruders fleeing her home in Cecil Avenue, Barking.

They broke into the house in the middle of the day on October 2, grabbing cash, gold jewellery and watches.

The mum-of-three called out to what she thought was her daughter after hearing a noise upstairs shortly after 1pm – but then realised the front door was wide open.

“I was shocked, I didn’t know what it could be,” recalled Hasumati, who saw a helmet-clad man waiting on a moped outside before being pushed to the ground by his accomplice.


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She then heard the pair drive off as she sobbed and tried to scream out for help but was unable to move unassisted due to her injuries.

Neighbour Ramona Toderascu, 15, heard Hasumati’s cries as she did her homework and rushed to her aid.

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Husband Arvind Patel then called an ambulance and Hasumati was rushed to Queen’s Hospital in Romford with a broken toe and shoulder.

Hasumati, whose stroke two years ago has left her unable to wash and feed herself, said: “I still feel worried and scared. I’ve lived here for 40 years and nothing like this has happened.

“I’ll feel safer when they have caught who has done this.”

Arvind admitted they were living in a “panicked” state.

“We are now thinking about security all the time,” said the 69-year-old.

“We lived very freely in this house and area but we feel this area has become dangerous.

“This street used to be one of the best in Barking, but now it’s turning into a really bad area.”

Det Con Nigel Griffiths, from Barking and Dagenham CID, appealed to witnesses to come forward, adding: “This is a horrible crime that has left the victim shaken and frightened to be alone in her own home.”

The first suspect is a slim Asian teenager and around 5ft 7ins tall. He wore a black helmet, black top and black trousers.

The second suspect is an Asian male in his 20s and around 6ft tall.

Anyone with any information should call the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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