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Police appeal: Man, 71, violently attacked in own home

Barons Court, Failsworth Photo: Google Maps

Police are appealing for information after an old-age-pensioner in Oldham was violently attacked in his home.

At 6.50pm on Sunday 16 October 2016, officers were called to a property in Barons Court, Failsworth, to reports of a robbery.

The victim, a 71-year-old man, answered the door to a man who claimed to be from the council and carrying out security checks.

As the victim attempted to close the door, the offender forced his way inside and grabbed the victim by the throat, pushed him to the floor, and kicked him in the back and ribs.

The offender then pulled the victim to his feet, dragged him into the living room and forced him on to the sofa.

He then put his hands around the victim’s neck and demanded money and jewellery, before he took an amount of cash from the victim’s wallet and left.

The man was treated by paramedics at the scene after feeling pain to a rib and his side.

The offender is described as white, around 30-years old, with short, dark hair and stubble.

He was wearing blue jeans and a high visibility yellow jacket, with the number “22” on the shoulder area and the letter “O” on the back under the hood.

Detective Sergeant Jason Byrne, of GMP’s Oldham borough, said:

This was a prolonged attack which left the victim fearing for his life.

After having the audacity to claim that he worked for a local authority, the offender then forced his way inside and brutally assaulted a vulnerable person in the very place where he should feel most safe.

I urge anyone who knows anything which they feel could help with our investigation to get in touch.

In addition, I would encourage residents in the neighbourhood to be vigilant and be alert to any suspicious activity in the area.

– Detective Sergeant Jason Byrne

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 and quote the reference number 2070 of 16/10/16, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.