Man threatened and robbed in own home

Peter Street in Orrell
Peter Street in Orrell

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man broke into a Wigan home and robbed the owner.

At around 11.30pm on Saturday July 11, the 64-year-old victim was asleep in his house on Peter Street, Orrell, when he was woken by the sound of someone forcing their way in through his front door.

After going to investigate he was confronted by an intruder, who threatened the victim and demanded money.

The terrified victim handed over £600 in cash and the offender fled from the house, where it is thought he was joined by another man who had been waiting outside.

The first offender is described as 5ft 7in tall, with a slim build. He was wearing dark clothing and a black balaclava with red stitching around the eyes.

Detective Constable Sophie O’Rourke said: “You can imagine the terror this victim must have felt as he heard someone force their way through his front door late at night.

“He cooperated with the demands of this offender and was left unhurt as a result.

“But that should take nothing away from the severity of this crime and we ask that anyone who thinks they may have seen anything suspicious in that area at the time to contact police as a matter of urgency.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.