Fury as elderly man targeted by burglars

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HEARTLESS burglars stole a safe from a disabled elderly man’s home in an incident which has disgusted the victim’s family.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is appealing for information after two offenders entered the property in Leigh at around 3.15am on Thursday.

They entered the house on Glebe Street by smashing a box locked by a code and taking a key from it. They then took the safe containing around £500, including a purse which had belonged to the victim’s late wife, as well as personal documents and financial information.

The elderly man was sleeping in the front room of the house but woke when he felt a cold draught on his back because the door was open. He saw the two men carrying out the safe and they fled having been spotted.

The 82-year-old victim was shaken but unhurt in the incident and inquiries into the burglary are now ongoing.

His daughter, who asked not to be named, said: “I think it’s absolutely disgusting they have targeted a vulnerable man in this way.

“Somehow they’ve managed to get the box off the wall and got the key out to let themselves in.

“The only saving grace of it is that they have not harmed my dad or ransacked the place. They’ve come in, known what they wanted, taken it and left.

“My dad is very shaken and doesn’t feel safe in his home, which is very sad. He now feels even more vulnerable and it’s a complete invasion of his privacy.”

The two offenders are both male and were wearing dark clothing, with the victim describing one as noticeably taller than the other. They are of slim build.

Anyone with information about this incident should call police on 101 or ring independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.