Police name suspect in elderly pair robbery

Anthony Leeming, 22, from Blackpool, who is wanted in connection with an incident which saw an elderly couple robbed at knifepoint in Bispham.
Anthony Leeming, 22, from Blackpool, who is wanted in connection with an incident which saw an elderly couple robbed at knifepoint in Bispham.
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DETECTIVES have named a wanted man after an elderly couple were subjected to a terrifying knifepoint robbery in their own home.

Police investigating the attack on the pensioners are appealing for information about the whereabouts of 22-year-old Blackpool man Anthony Leeming.

Crimestoppers has revealed it will pay out a reward of up to £2,000 for any information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

The 84-year-old man and his 79-year-old wife were asleep in their bungalow when two thieves climbed in through an open kitchen window and armed themselves with knives from the kitchen drawer.

They were disturbed by the woman, before they grabbed her husband, threw him out of bed and to the floor, and held a knife to his throat.

The thieves demanded money from the elderly couple and ransacked the house before escaping through an integral garage with £1,500 and a Tissot watch.

Det Con James Edmonds, from Blackpool CID, is leading the investigation described the attack, which happened last month, as “alarming and nasty”.

Police are keen to talk to Leeming as they bid to establish exactly what happened at the house in Blackpool Road, Bispham, just after 8pm on Wednesday, February 20.

Det Con Edmonds said: “This was an extremely alarming and nasty attack on an elderly couple in their own home.

“The victims are understandably shaken by what has happened and I would appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything, or has any information, to pass it on.”

In the aftermath of the attack the couple’s neighbours described how they had been left scared to be in their own homes and branded those responsible as “sick”.

The reward is only available to people who provide new information anonymously through Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.

Information given directly to the police or via Crimestoppers online form will not be eligible.

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