Horror of pensioner assaulted in his own home

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Police are hunting two thugs who assaulted a pensioner during a botched raid on his home.

The 76-year-old man was targeted at his home in Lednock Road, Stepps, at around 11.30am on Thursday, May 16.

The two men claimed to be gas workers to gain entry, before pushing their victim to the ground, assaulting him and demanding money.

Fortunately the quick-thinking householder, who was later taken to hospital with head and rib injuries, activated a personal attack alarm and the robbers fled empty handed in the direction of Comrie Road.

The suspects, who are thought to have escaped in a small dark coloured car, are described as white, between 30 and 35 years of age, one with distinctive blond hair, and both wearing dark clothing and waterproof jackets.

Detective Chief Inspector Pat Campbell, from Motherwell Police Office, said: “Thankfully, the man was able to raise the alarm and the men fled, however, this was a particularly nasty, and I would say, cowardly attack on him in his home.

“Officers are in the area speaking to people in the area and checking CCTV. Anyone with concerns or information can speak to them or contact Motherwell Police Office on 01698 483000, the non-emergency number 101, or CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where details can be given in confidence.”

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