Robbed OAP too scared to go back home

Raided by three men armed with knife and gun

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

A PEN­SIONER was held at gun and knife point as bur­glars ran­sacked his Hilling­don home, in a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal that has left him too fear­ful to re­turn.

The 70-year-old man, who did not want to be named for his own safety, was en­joy­ing a drink with a friend, an ex-part­ner, at his home in Athol Way, Hilling­don, at around 9.30pm on Sun­day April 17 when a knock at the door be­gan the night­mare en­counter.

“Two guys dragged my ex out, beat her up and threw her on the floor and it went from there.

“There were three bur­glars – two with knives – they had scarves around their faces.

“But the other bloke with the gun, he was so bla­tant, no gloves on – I was look­ing down the bar­rel of a gun, look­ing at him eff­ing and blind­ing, and he kept hit­ting me with the gun.

“The bur­glars made de­mands to the man say­ing “we want the money and the gold, you know what we’re talk­ing about,” but the man had no idea what they were re­fer­ring to.

He con­tin­ued: “They let me crawl into the kitchen to get up, to show them where there was a jar of money.

“He (the bur­glar) said ‘we don’t want coins, we want pa­per’ – I said ‘I haven’t got noth­ing’.

“And with that, the one put the knife to my throat and the other one had the gun to my head, and he said ‘if you ‘f***ing don’t give us what we want you’re go­ing to have it’.

“I said ‘I haven’t got it’ and he looked at the kitchen top, picked up this imi­ta­tion Rolex watch, put it in his pocket, bank cards that were in a plas­tic folder with about £100 in as near as I could say, and then he turned around and said ‘let’s go’, and then the three of them went out the door and I slammed the door be­hind them.”

The ‘ter­ri­fied’ man said he and his ex-part­ner were too dis­tressed to be seen at A&E that night.

He said: “After they left, I phoned the po­lice and they came down in quite a mob. There were six cars, then we had to wait for CID to come and I just left them to it. There was an am­bu­lance there and they asked me and my ex­part­ner if we’d like to go to hospi­tal, but I said we’re too stressed out to go and sit there for hours – we can’t do it.”

The man even­tu­ally went to hospi­tal and had x-rays and blood tests and was told he was badly bruised.

This is the sec­ond time the man has been bur­gled since he has lived at his coun­cil home – bur­glars pre­vi­ously ripped his back door off.

The vic­tim said: “I’ve gone over there to see if there’s any mail, un­locked the door, kicked the door and stepped back in case there was any­body in there. I mean, I can’t live there.

“I’ve been on to the coun­cil about mov­ing me – this would have been pre­vented if they put cam­eras up like I told them to do a cou­ple of years ago.”

The man, who has lived in the bor­ough for many years, has told Hilling­don Coun­cil that he to­tally re­fuses to move back in there.

He added: “I’m not a young man where I can stand up and fight

any­more. I’ve all these prob­lems with my hip and back and I’m 70 years old. My fight­ing days are gone.

“The coun­cil are not look­ing after their pen­sion­ers. I’m not the only one who’s been bur­gled down there. There’s been four or five bur­glar­ies down there in the last five years.

“I’ve asked for a fence around the area but they said they couldn’t as it was a pub­lic path.

“They put a cam­era up down the al­ley­way as there was drug deal­ing, and I went down there the other day and it was gone.

“My neigh­bour said the coun­cil have come and taken it down be­cause they needed it some­where else. You’re telling me, you’ve got to take a cam­era from one point to put it to an­other?”

He de­scribed the bur­glar with the gun as “6ft or a lit­tle un­der, stocky built with roundish face and the other two as “tall and slim”.

When the knifewield­ers were beat­ing his ex-part­ner in the toi­let, he says she saw one of their scarves fall down and de­scribed one as mixed race.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice con­firmed they were called at 10.30pm on Sun­day April 17 to re­ports of an ag­gra­vated bur­glary at a res­i­den­tial ad­dress in Athol Way, Hilling­don.

A spokesper­son said: “Three men, one armed with a firearm, forced their way into the ad­dress and threat­ened the two oc­cu­pants be­fore steal­ing cash and mak­ing off from the venue.

“Of­fi­cers from Hilling­don Bur­glary Squad in­ves­ti­gate.”

No ar­rests have been made as yet and po­lice are con­tin­u­ing their en­quiries.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact po­lice on 101 or call Crimestop­pers anony­mously on 0800 555111.

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