WITNESS APPEAL – CONFRONTATIONAL BURGLARY – MANCHESTER ROAD – SOUTHPORT
Detectives are appealing for witnesses following a confrontational burglary at the home of a pensioner in Southport last night (Wednesday, July 4).
Officers are investigating the offence, which happened on Manchester Road approximately between 11.45pm and midnight.
The victim, an 83-year-old man, returned home to find it had been burgled and the offender still inside the property.
The victim was subsequently attacked, bound and gagged while the offender demanded money. He sustained a number of cuts and bruises to his face that required hospital treatment.
The pensioner has been left very shaken by the incident and is currently in a stable condition.
A quantity of cash was stolen from the victim as well as a black Samsung television, which is approximately 42-inches, three years old and has an oval base.
The offender is described as shorter than 5ft 9in tall, of medium build and spoke with a strong Scottish accent. He was wearing a dark coloured donkey-type jacket or fleece and a balaclava-type face covering. It is thought the offender may have fair, wavy hair.
Officers are following up a number of leads. House-to-house enquiries are being carried out, CCTV footage examined and forensic examination of the scene conducted.
Detectives are appealing to anyone with any information in connection with the incident to come forward in case they can help the investigation.
Chief Superintendent Nikki Holland said: “This was a despicable incident that has left an elderly man traumatised.
“Detectives are shocked at the level of unnecessary violence the victim endured in a sustained attack in his own home and we are appealing to the community to help us find the person responsible.
“We take these types of incidents extremely seriously and urge anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area either around the time of the incident, or in the days prior to the offence, to call us so we can take action against the offender.
“Even criminals should be appalled by the level of violence used in this offence and break any code of silence to come forward. Someone will know who has done this, or has been an offered a TV matching this description. I urge you to contact us, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, so we can find that person and bring him to justice.”
Anyone with any information in connection with the incident is asked to call Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3834, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Merseyside Police can confirm that as a result of extensive enquiries two people, a 21-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, were arrested last night (Thursday, 5 July) in connection with this matter.
The 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault and burglary.
The 60-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods.
The man and the woman, who are both from the Southport area, remain in police custody at this time.
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