Woman admits knife raid

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A WOMAN has admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary at a pensioner’s home.

Tracy Ann Yorke was armed with a knife when she entered the 77-year-old woman’s home in Queen Alexandra Road, Dawdon on Sunday, August 5.

She left empty-handed after allegedly threatening the householder, who was shaken but not injured.

Yorke, 25, of Wynyard Street, Dawdon, was arrested shortly after the incident.

She was remanded in custody and appeared two days later before Peterlee magistrates, who sent the case to Durham Crown Court, where she pleased guilty to aggravated burglary with intent to steal.

Lorraine Mustard, defending Yorke, told the court she has battled mental health problems for several years, which deteriorated in recent weeks.

She asked for sentence to be adjourned to allow psychiatric reports to be prepared.

Judge Christopher Prince agreed and warned Yorke she may face a prison sentence.