Bru­tal raiders beat el­derly cou­ple with a metal pole

Gang snatch cash dur­ing break-in ter­ror

Rochdale Observer - - FRONT PAGE - DA­MON WILKIN­SON da­mon.wilkin­ @Da­monWilkin­son6

THIEVES dis­con­nected an el­derly cou­ple’s phone be­fore beat­ing them with a metal pole dur­ing a chill­ing break-in at their home.

The hus­band and wife, said to be in their late 70s, were taken to hos­pi­tal fol­low­ing the at­tack.

Their hor­rific or­deal be­gan at about 6.30pm on Mon­day night as the wife was mak­ing a cup of tea in the kitchen of their home in Ul­ster Av­enue, Deeplish, while the hus­band was up­stairs.

Mo­ments af­ter the cou­ple heard a ‘loud bang’, three men forced their way into the house.

One of the gang ran up­stairs and ran­sacked the front bed­room shout­ing ‘Where’s the money?’ as the other two men un­plugged the land­line and forced the cou­ple to sit down in the liv­ing room be­fore at­tack­ing them with a broom and metal pole.

The men then tried to shut the cou­ple in the liv­ing room but coura­geously they pushed back, pre­vent­ing it from shut­ting.

Po­lice say the thieves fled with a black hand­bag con­tain­ing a ‘large amount of cash’, climb­ing over a wall as they made their es­cape.

The hus­band then ran to the front door and shouted for help.

Both he and his wife were taken to hos­pi­tal where they were treated for mi­nor in­juries.

The men are all de­scribed as white, in their 20s and were wear­ing black cloth­ing.

Det Sgt Tim O’Cal­laghan said: “I can only imag­ine how ab­so­lutely ter­ri­fy­ing this must have been when the three men in­vaded this cou­ple’s home, ran­sack­ing it for a quick win with no re­gard for their safety.

“We’re yet to find out who they are and ar­rest them but we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can and I’d like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ap­peal for any in­for­ma­tion peo­ple may have.

“Although it was dark, it wasn’t late at night and there still would have been peo­ple in the area – it was just af­ter the six o’clock news, peo­ple may have been com­ing back from work, eat­ing their tea or walk­ing around.

“What­ever you were do­ing, if you heard some­thing or saw some­thing, please get in touch.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion should con­tact po­lice on 0161 856 8441 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

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●●The break-in took place on Ul­ster Av­enue, Deeplish

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