OAP threatened with hammer in own home

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Police are appealing for help to find two men who threatened an 87-year-old man with a hammer in his Youlgrave home before stealing cash.

The victim was at his Coldwell End home at about 3.30pm when he noticed a man enter the property and go upstairs. A few seconds later, the offender ran back downstairs where he was joined by another man.

The victim’s daughter said: “Both of them wore masks across their face. One of them had a hammer and threatened him with it, saying ‘where’s your money’.

“They’d been everywhere, in all the drawers, and even in the airing cupboard, looking for money. I think they got away with about £100. There were a couple of packets of cigarettes on the side and they even took them.

“They unplugged the phone and locked him in the house.”

The victim eventually managed to raise the alarm after shouting for help and being heard by a neighbour.

His daughter said: “It could have been such a lot worse. It doesn’t bear thinking about. You hear such horrific stories of elderly people being beaten up.

“You hear about gangs turning up in a village and doing two or three houses at once but they didn’t so it was as if they targeted him specifically.”

The victim has understandably been left extremely distressed by the burglary, and hasn’t been able to stay at his home alone since it happened.

His daughter added: “For the first couple of nights afterwards I hardly slept thinking about it. For him to turn round and there be someone there with a mask and wielding a hammer is horrendous.

“I don’t know if he’ll ever get over it. I just hope someone can remember seeing the men.”

One of the men was white, 5ft 10in, aged between 18 and 30 and of medium build. He wore light grey jogging bottoms and a grey top and had a scarf covering part of his face. The second was white, 5ft 8in, about 18 and of medium build. He wore dark clothing, gloves and also had a scarf covering his face.

DC Emma Rowntree said: “This offence was extremely distressing for the victim, who has ongoing medical issues and was left in shock.

“These criminals have not injured their victim in any way but their demands have had a lasting impact on him.

“I’d urge anyone who has any information on this crime to call us, or leave an anonymous message with Crimestoppers.

“Although it was an isolated incident, it’s important that people keep home security at the top of their list and make sure they lock doors, even if they’re in.”

Anyone who saw the two men, or has any information, is asked to contact Derbyshire police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.