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Pensioner has necklace torn off by thief
Friday 7th May, 2010

A thief pinned a pensioner to her couch and tore a necklace from her neck.

Just before 6.10pm on Saturday 1 May 2010, the 66-year-old woman was upstairs at her home on Ormskirk Road, Newtown and her 74-year-old husband was downstairs.

He heard two or three loud bangs coming from the front of his house and went to see what had happened.

The man found three men searching his living room so shouted to his wife to call the police. He then shouted at the intruders to leave the house.

One of the offenders grabbed his arms and threw him to the floor.

His wife came downstairs and one of the offenders grabbed a dressing gown and pulled it over his head, in an attempt to conceal his identity.

She went to pick up the phone to call the police, but she was pushed by one of the men, causing her to fall back over a coffee table and onto the couch.

The man tried to grab the phone from the woman, who was pinned to the couch. He then grabbed her necklace and tore it from her neck, causing it to shatter.

They all ran off across Ormskirk Road and onto Harrowby Street where it is believed they ran up an alleyway which leads to Billinge Road.

All of the men were white, one was around 5ft 8ins to 5ft 9ins tall, of slim build in his early 20s. He had short brown hair, was clean shaven with a pale complexion and he wore dark coloured tracksuit bottoms.

The second man, who fought with the woman, was described as 5ft 11ins tall, of large build in his early 20s. He had short ginger hair and wore a bright yellow coloured top.

The third man was around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build with short dark curly hair.

Witnesses stated a man and woman, both white around 5ft 7ins tall were stood in the garden just before the robbery. The woman wore a bright red coat with a bright red handbag and the man had short dark spiky hair, wearing a dark grey coat and blue jeans.

Detective Constable John O’Donnell of Wigan CID said: “This astonishing attack is thankfully rare in this area, however that makes this incident all the more concerning.

“We need to find these men, who appear to have no problems in attacking pensioners in their own home.

“We also need to trace the couple seen in the victims’ garden prior to the robbery, they may have vital information about the offenders.

“I ask anyone with information to get in touch, no matter how insignificant you think the information may be.”

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5308 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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