Pen­sion­ers’ ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal in own home

Man, 95, dragged around house as cow­ardly thieves searched for money

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

PO­LICE are hunt­ing two cow­ardly thieves who threw a man aged 95 to the floor in or­der to steal just £75.

Al­fred Pe­gler, who is known around Hare­field by his nick­name ‘Hair­spring’, and his wife Enid, 84, suf­fered a ter­ri­ble or­deal when raiders tricked their way into their home, in North­wood Road, on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 14 at 8pm.

The thieves, who were aged around 35 and 18, claimed they were po­lice of­fi­cers in­ves­ti­gat­ing a re­port from the lo­cal Neigh­bour­hood Watch.

The cou­ple’s son, An­thony Pe­gler, said: “Mum went round the side gate and was ask­ing to see their ID when the old­est one grabbed her and shuf­fled her around the back to the kitchen.”

He said the man’s ac­com­plice held Enid hostage in the kitchen while the older bur­glar grabbed Al­fred and dragged him into the kitchen.

An­thony said: “He’s 95 and can barely walk. He was try­ing to get up to go to the neigh­bours for help and the man came back in five or so times and chucked him back to the floor.

“Mum couldn’t get to her phone to call me and whilst this was hap­pen­ing the older one was just turn­ing the place up­side down – ev­ery cup­board, ev­ery drawyer was pulled out. He just went through ev­ery­thing, up­stairs and down­stairs.”

Af­ter 20 fright­en­ing min­utes the bur­glars left with £75, which was all the Pe­glers had in the house.

The cou­ple rang the po­lice and their son, who rushed over.

He said: “They were re­ally shook up, bruised and very scared.”

Mrs Pe­gler said: “It’s a bit un­nerv­ing but we’ll sur­vive. At least they didn’t have any weapons, but they wouldn’t let Alf get up and ev­ery time he tried to they kept push­ing him down.

“We don’t like to keep dwelling on it. It’s hap­pened and we have to get on – it could have been a lot worse.”

Hilling­don de­tec­tives re­leased de­scrip­tions of the two men they are hunt­ing.

The older man was 5ft 8ins tall and of Mediter­ranean ap­pear­ance and his younger ac­com­plice was white and about 5ft 2ins tall.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to con­tact Hilling­don CID on 101 or Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Mr Pe­gler earned his ‘Hair­spring’ nick­name as he was Hare­field’s watch maker and re­pairer for many years and was of­ten seen rid­ing around the vil­lage on his bike.

Photo by Les Wil­liams www.buyapho­ WL160226

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