/ Attempted armed robbery in Leigh

An elderly couple were threatened in their own home during an attempted robbery in Leigh.

At around 10.45pm on Wednesday 28 November 2012, two men forced the front door to a house on Chepstow Grove and walked into the kitchen where they were met by the 82-year-old man and 80-year-old woman.

Both offenders held a claw hammer and crow bar and demanded money.

When the victim told him he had no money, one of the men walked upstairs and searched the rooms while his accomplice looked downstairs.

The victims were asked again where they kept money and were told they would not be hurt if they said where it was.

Both men left empty handed and drove off in the direction of Kensington Road.

One man is described as being white, of slim build, around 5ft 9in tall and spoke with a local accent.  He was wearing a dark jacket with the word ‘Rossi’ written in white on the left side and a black balaclava.

Detective Inspector Martin Reddington from Wigan CID said: “Both victims were left shocked after their ordeal and shortly after the incident, the 80-year-old victim suffered a suspected heart attack and is now in hospital.  She is in a stable condition and she is expected to recover but we believe this was brought on by the stress of the crime.

“These men have clearly preyed on the victims because they are elderly and have proved the type of cowards they are by being armed with a claw hammer and crow bar.

“I would ask anyone who may have seen either these men in the area or a white Ford transit van believed to have been used, to contact police as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should phone police on 0161 856 5307 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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