OAP robbed twice at flat

PC Steve Higgs

PC Steve Higgs

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A PENSIONER was viciously attacked in her home by a robber who ripped jewellery from her neck.

Robbers struck at the 71-year-old’s flat on the Promenade in Blackpool twice in 24 hours.

The first incident happened on Monday when cash was stolen from the electric meter in her ground floor flat.

Hours later at 3.30am, the woman woke to find a man standing next to her bed. He demanded money and threatened to harm her.

The terrified victim tried to leave her flat but was forced to the ground and three gold chains were pulled from her neck.

The man also attempted to remove a bangle from her wrist, causing lacerations.

PC Steve Higgs, (pictured) from Blackpool Police, said: “We are appealing for anyone who may have knowledge of the items stolen or the man responsible for this violent and frightening attack to contact us on (01253) 293933.

“We have been given a description of a man who was white, in his late 20s, about 5ft 8in tall and medium build. He was wearing a dark coloured ‘donkey’-style jacket.”

Three nine-carat gold necklaces – including one with a small yellow gold cross pendant – were stolen.

A 32-year-old man, from Blackpool, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and burglary with intent to steal, and a 37-year-old man, also from Blackpool, was arrested on suspicion of robbery.

PC Higgs added: “Two men have been arrested in connection with this but I would not want this to put people off coming forward, any information could be vital.”