Monday, 6 February 2012

Night raiders sought after attempted Lancaster burglary

Lancaster Police are appealing for information after a man tried to force his way into an elderly man’s home in the early hours of Tuesday morning (31st January 2012)

Just before 2.00am, an elderly man living on Coolidge Avenue in Abraham Heights was was disturbed from his sleep by someone ringing his doorbell. When he and his wife answered the door, they were confronted by three men wearing balaclavas.

One of the men tried to push past the gentleman to get inside the house but he and his wife were able to push the door closed and the three men ran from the house.

“Fortunately, in this case, the couple were able to prevent these men from getting in to their property," says DC Tim Dodgson of Lancaster CID, "but understandably, they have been left shaken by their ordeal.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have any information to come forward, particularly anyone who saw anything around the time of the incident itself or any suspicious activity in the area in the time leading up to it.”

It is believed that after the offence the three men ran off down an alleyway onto Willow Lane.

One of the men was described as around six feet two inches tall, of slim build and he was wearing a balaclava, a dark fleece jacket with a zip and dark trousers. The two other men have been described as around five feet ten inches tall and of slim build. They were also wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.

• Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the new non-emergency number 101 or alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

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