Men hunted over attempted burglary

CCTV image of burglary suspects
CCTV image of burglary suspects

POLICE have released CCTV images of two men they want to speak to in connection with an attempted burglary at the home of a 97-year-old woman.

At around 2.10pm on Friday September 4 two men approached the victim’s house on Rectory Lane, Standish, and knocked on the front porch door.

The victim was asleep in her front room and was unable to hear the knock, meaning the pair tried to force their way through the front porch door.

Unable to do so, the men moved around to the back of the house and attempted to try and break through a back window using an unknown implement.

But in doing so the offenders disturbed the victim, who asked what they were doing to the house.

The pair made their excuses and left, walking off towards Chorley Road.

The first offender is described as white, around 5ft 11, slim build, clean shaven and spoke with a local accent. He was wearing a baseball cap and a white top.

The second offender is described as white, around 5ft 8, medium build and had a red beard. He was wearing a dark baseball cap and a navy top.

Constable Alan Crabtree said: “These men were opportunistic, taking advantage of what they thought was an empty house by trying to force their way inside.

“Fortunately the owner was home and ready to defend her property as best she could, despite being nearly 100 years old.

“But as soon as they were challenged, these men thankfully left pretty quickly.

“However, had the victim not been there it is likely her house would have been ransacked, so it is important for us to identify and locate these men to prevent any more people becoming victims.”

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