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Armed robbers in Lancashire assault man in his own home

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A 65-year-old man who "should have been safe in his own home" was attacked by armed robbers who broke into his property in Lancashire.

Men wearing balaclavas assaulted the man after entering through the back of his property on Walter Street in Darwen at around 10.30pm on Saturday, May 25.

They made demands for money and used weapons including a metal bar leaving the victim suffering from broken ribs, a broken shoulder, injuries to his head and eyes and deep cuts all over his hands and legs.

"The level of violence used was utterly deplorable and totally needless.

"We have a team of detectives working on finding who was responsible for this appalling robbery and I am asking anyone who may have seen a group of men acting suspiciously in the area in the time leading up to the attack to get in touch.

"I would also like to speak to anyone who saw them get away.

"I would like to reassure the local community that we have stepped up patrols in the area and will continue to have a presence there for the coming days."

– DS Amanda Bleazard

The victim was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he is still in a stable condition.

The Lancashire Constabulary are urging witnesses or anyone with information to call 101 or 01254 353870 quoting incident reference 1746 of May 25.