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Couple are robbed at knifepoint at home

21 September 2011

by a staff reporter

A RETIRED priest and his wife have spoken of their ordeal, after they were held at knifepoint at home and forced to reveal their valuables by a gang of thieves.

The Revd John Lees, who retired as a residentiary canon at Wakefield Cathedral on medical grounds two years ago, had a knife held to his throat by attackers as they demand­ed money and valuables. He and his wife, Jane Keeton, a university lecturer, were forced upstairs in their home in Wolverhampton.

Their attackers snatched £75 in cash, and some jewellery, before making off in the couple’s car. The couple had been sitting with the patio doors open in their home when the men broke in.

Mr Lees said: “It was the most horrific experience I have ever faced. I am used to helping other people with trauma, but, until now, not dealt with my own. I still feel very shaky. I was born and bred here in the Black Country, but I do not recognise the culture I have come back to.”

Ms Keeton said that the sight of the knife “still haunts her”, and that she was convinced that both she and her husband were going to be stabbed. She is partially sighted, and the couple are both registered disabled.

The couple’s car, a Volvo, was found days later in Birmingham, but it has been described as a write-off by insurers. Mr Lees said: “The police have been fantastic, and we have had great support from friends and fellow clergy.”

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