Published On: Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 on 4:24 pm

67-year-old stabbed in Castleford care home by intruder

The Beeches Care Home Castleford

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Police are appealing for information after a care home staff member was stabbed in the arm by an intruder this morning.

The woman, 67, was in the kitchen area of The Beeches Care Home, Castleford, at around 6.15am when she has heard a sound at the back door.

She opened the door and was confronted by a man who forced his way in and punched her. She screamed and as colleagues came, the man stabbed her in the arm with a pen-knife before running from the scene.

The woman involved was taken to hospital where her injuries were described as non-life threatening.

The man is described as being of mixed race, around 30-years-old, 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build. He was wearing a body warmer and jeans at the time.

Around 20 minutes prior to this incident, a member of staff at a nearby residential care home had confronted two men, both described as Asian, in the property grounds.

Superintendent Karen Gayles, of Wakefield District, said: “Due to both properties being care homes and their vicinity to one another, we are linking these incidents. It is particularly concerning that these men appear to be targeting the homes of elderly and vulnerable people and their motives for doing this are currently unclear.

“We are treating these incidents extremely seriously. We have put on additional patrols in the area and are working tirelessly to identify these two men.

“Our officers have been making other residential homes in the area aware of these incidents and we would ask people to be vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour to us.”

Anyone who believes they have seen the suspects or has any information about their identities is asked to call Wakefield District CID on 101 or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

UPDATE: Police have arrested two men on suspicion of assault. A 25-year-old man and a 28-year-old man remain in police custody.

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