Carol singers’ doorstep robbery

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Police were today hunting for a gang of carol singers after they robbed a vulnerable man in his own home.

The 62-year-old victim, who suffers from chronic arthritis, answered his front door to a group of teenagers who began to sing the carol Silent Night.

When he told them he did not have any money in the house, on Convent Crescent, Layton, two boys from the group pushed him to the ground, causing him to drop his mobile phone.

One of the boys picked up the phone before running off with it.

The shocking robbery – which happened at 7.30pm on Thursday – has left the victim extremely shaken.

Det Con Liam Davy of Blackpool CID’s Robbery Team, said: “This is a serious and callous attack on a vulnerable member of our community in his own home, during the build up to Christmas.

“I feel certain someone out there will know who the offenders are and I would urge them to contact the police.

“We believe the group consisted of around three or four boys and one girl so if anyone thinks they may have witnessed anything which may assist the police to identify the group then please contact the police on 101.”

Anyone with information is urged to call Blackpool Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.