Ipswich: Hunt for masked robbers who attacked pensioner

IPSWICH: Police are hunting three robbers today after a pensioner said theyforced their way into his home and threatened him with a gun and wooden sticks.

The Ipswich OAP, thought to be in his 70s, has told friends he was overpowered by the gang, who ransacked his house before leaving him tied up as they fled with several hundred pounds. One of the robbers was wearing a clown mask and the two others had part of their faces covered.

Among the victim’s injuries were a gash on his head and bruising.

It is understood around �600 in cash was taken during the robbery, along with the man’s bank cards.

A further �400 is said to have been withdrawn from the victim’s accounts when the robbers went to a cashpoint and used the cards shortly after leaving his home.

The victim, who lives Allenby Road in the Chantry area, managed to free himself after the men left, and raised the alarm.

Understandably the pensioner – a former army veteran who served in Aden during the 1960s conflict – is said to have been left very shaken by his ordeal.

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The man has told friends: “I feel like I was hit by a train”.

Following the robbery, which happened on Friday at about 6.30pm, the man was taken to Ipswich Hospital. He was treated for his injuries, but was later discharged to recuperate at home.

A police spokeswoman said they believed three men entered the home. It is believed that a woman waited outside in the street and then assisted in the search of the upstairs.

The first man is described as white, about 6ft 7ins large build, with dark hair and was wearing a dark coloured hooded top, dark coloured shoes, gloves and a white scarf over the lower part of his face.

The second man is described as white, about 6ft, medium build, with mousey coloured medium length hair and was wearing a grey woollen round neck jumper, blue jeans, gloves and a black scarf covering part of his face. The third man is described as white, about 5ft 7ins, slim build and was wearing jeans, a jumper and a clown mask.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call DS Chris Hinitt at Ipswich CID on 01473 613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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