Burglar held knife to throat of man, 84

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AN ELDERLY man was dragged from his bed and had a knife held to his throat in a terrifying raid at his Blackpool home.

Two thugs broke into the 84-year-old’s home as he and his wife slept before they pulled him to the ground, stood on his throat and demanded cash

His terrified wife, 79, was forced to watch as the burglars ransacked the couple’s home on Blackpool Road, Bispham of cash, jewellery and watches.

As the elderly victim recovers in Blackpool Victoria Hospital, police described the attack as “alarming and nasty” and made an urgent appeal to catch the knife-wielding raiders.

Det Con James Edmonds, from Blackpool CID, described how the woman discovered the thieves in her living room after disturbing the break-in.

He said: “At that point they demanded cash from her and the dragged the elderly male out of bed and assaulted him.

“They pulled him out of bed and threw him on the floor and demanded cash, and then one of the men has been in possession of a knife which they held to the man’s throat.”

Police said it is not clear how long the couple’s ordeal lasted, but believe the robbers were in the property for a “reasonably significant” amount of time.

Det Con Edmonds said: “The woman has been stopped from interfering with her husband by the other male, and there has been a level of ransacking in the house.

“After spending some time in the property the robbers made off with cash, jewellery and watches. Once they have left the female victim has run out of the property and alerted neighbours.”

A total of £1,500 in cash was stolen, along with a Tissot watch. As a result of his ordeal the elderly man has had to be admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment.

The drama unfolded at the couple’s home sometime between 8.15pm and 8.30pm on Wednesday, and police are still trying to establish how the robbers made their getaway.

Neighbours spoke of their shock and upset at the incident.

Ronald Newman, 70, said: “We’ve had a couple of things like this but, for me, there’s no doubt the law wouldn’t be good enough for these two when they are caught.

“I’m upset because they are elderly people and I’m 70 myself, so it’s worrying.

“It’s horrible to hear about, but it’s not happening all the time and everyone on this street tries to look out for each other.”

Sharon Ellwood, 39, said: “I was speechless when I found out what had went on and it’s worrying to think this has happened on my own doorstep.”

And 30-year-old Emily Carruthers added: “The people responsible for this are sick.

“I used to feel safe in my home, but not any more and this has made me worry about what can happen when you’re at home.”

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in the area at the time to get in touch.

Det Con Edmonds added: “It 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 who has any information to contact us.

“A team of officers are working on the case and are currently pursuing some positive lines of inquiry.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101.

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