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Newark woman, 86, robbed in her home and suffers minor injuries after being forced to hand over cash

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Police have charged a suspect after an elderly woman was robbed in her own home in Newark.

The 86-year-old victim was forced to hand over cash after inviting a man into her house.

She suffered minor injuries during the incident, which happened in Newark at 8.40pm on Monday.

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The same man is alleged to have also been involved in a separate incident about an hour earlier in which a car was driven dangerously.

A car was observed by officers as driving over the speed limit near to the Castle roundabout in Newark with a short pursuit then taking place around the area.

Shaun Kennelly, 24, was charged with robbery, dangerous driving, taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent, failing to stop, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

Kennelly, of Cross Street, Newark, has been remanded in custody to appear before Nottingham Crown Court on July 21.

Detective Constable Rebecca Hopson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This must’ve been an extremely distressing experience for the victim, who was in a vulnerable position when this incident took place.

“Robbery is an incredibly serious offence that can leave an indelible mark on people, not just physically but more often from an emotional standpoint.

“I’d like to reassure the public that we will always treat offences of this nature seriously and will continue to rapidly respond to each report of robbery we receive.

“Likewise, there is also absolutely no excuse for anyone to ever drive in a dangerous manner that puts the safety of other road users at risk of harm.”

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