OAPs assaulted and robbed

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TWO elderly men were terrorised and pushed by intruders who forced their way into their Wigan home.

Police today appealed for witnesses to the robbery which happened at about 3.30pm on Monday.

The pair of strangers called at a house on Vine Street, Whelley where two men, aged 69 and 73 live.

The younger of the two occupants answered the door and the callers forced their way in and asked where “Susan” was.

One of the intruders began rummaging through a cupboard in the living room and pushed the pensioner onto the couch and told him to “stay down.”

While this was happening, the other robber held a kitchen door shut, leaving the 73-year-old resident trapped inside.

As they were leaving with a coffee jar containing cash, one of the offenders roughly pushed the 73-year-old to the floor.

One of the crooks was described as being quite short and was wearing dark clothing and the other was 6ft tall and wearing dark clothing.

While both pensioners were not seriously injured they were left shaken.

Det Con Rachel Forsythe of Wigan CID said: “These two offenders have forced their way into the home of two pensioners and physically assaulted them.

“I think the local community will be as appalled as I am by their shameful behaviour.

“One offender is described as being at least 6ft and another as being short so we are literally looking out for little and large and I am certain someone would have noticed them in the area at the time this happened.

“If you know anything that can help us identify these men please contact us as soon as possible.

“I would also urge residents to be mindful of what has occurred and if you get an unexpected call at your door please try and check who it is before answering, either by looking through a window or spy hole or using a stop chain.

“If you are in any doubt do not answer your door and if you are at all concerned ring the police.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 5307 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.