El­derly cou­ple’s rob­bery or­deal

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AN 89-year-old pen­sioner was locked in his bath­room by a gang of ‘cruel’ thugs as they threat­ened his el­derly wife at knife­point.

The four rob­bers went on to ran­sack the cou­ple’s home and es­caped with cash.

Po­lice said they were left ‘un­der­stand­ably shaken up’, but weren’t phys­i­cally hurt.

De­tec­tives de­scribed the rob­bery as ‘ut­terly de­plorable’ as they ap­pealed for any­one with in­for­ma­tion to come for­ward.

They said just ‘a bit’ of money was taken. The gang - who all had their faces covered - knocked at the back door of the cou­ple’s home on Roch Mills Gar­dens, off Roch Val­ley Way in Mar­land, Rochdale.

The 84-year-old home­owner an­swered the door, but they barged in­side.

A GMP spokesman said: “The woman’s hus­band, who is 89, was in the bath­room at the time and the bur­glars kept him trapped in there while they threat­ened his wife.

“They then ran­sacked the prop­erty and left with a quan­tity of cash. The vic­tims weren’t in­jured but were un­der­stand­ably very shaken up.”

The rob­bery hap­pened be­tween 5pm and 5.35pm last Fri­day, Novem­ber 23.

Det Con Jor­dan Wilcock, from Rochdale CID, said: “I can’t imag­ine the fear this cou­ple must have felt as these men stormed into their home bran­dish­ing a weapon.”

“This is ut­terly de­plorable and how any­one could ever tar­get such vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple for a bit of money is beyond com­pre­hen­sion.

“Did you see any­one in the area that raised sus­pi­cion or just seemed un­usual?

“We are des­per­ate for in­for­ma­tion and to find these cruel thieves.”

Call po­lice on 0161 856 8635, quot­ing in­ci­dent num­ber 1654 of Novem­ber 23, 2018, or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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