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Pensioner bound and gagged

PUBLISHED: 11:45 22 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:43 03 March 2010

POLICE today issued the first description of two robbers who bound and gagged a defenceless pensioner in his Ipswich home before stealing hundreds of pounds worth of cash and jewellery.

By TINA HEATH

tina.heath@ecng.co.uk

POLICE today issued the first description of two robbers who bound and gagged a defenceless pensioner in his Ipswich home before stealing hundreds of pounds worth of cash and jewellery.

The 73-year-old, who lives in Park View Road, Ipswich, was left so traumatised that he has been unable to give detailed information about the cowardly raiders who carried out the attack.

However one was between 5ft 10ins and 5ft 11ins and of heavy build. The other had a slighter smaller build and was around 5ft 8ins.

It also emerged today that the man's terror was such that he remained at home frightened to raise the alarm until several hours after the robbery which happened at 3.15am on Saturday.

He only managed to raise the courage to call for help after daylight broke.

A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police said: "Two men forced entry to the property through the back door. The occupant of the house was woken by one of the males in his bedroom.

"They demanded money from him and threatened to harm him it he didn't comply. We don't know if the men were armed.

"I understand they left him untied but the gentleman waited then went to a neighbour's at daylight. He has been shocked by what has happened."

The Evening Star today put up a £500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the two attackers.

The men are believed to have tied the man up in his bedroom before demanding cash and making threats to harm him.

The police spokeswoman added that she believed the attackers released their victim before fleeing the scene with the cash and jewellery.

The distressed victim was recovering at home today but was too upset to speak at length about his ordeal. He said he was still in pain from the brutal attack but wished only to put it behind him.

Meanwhile people living on Park View Road have spoken of their shock at the show of brutality only a short distance away from their homes.

"It's a shocking thing to have happened. We get occasional burglaries out of sheds but I have never known something like this to have happened before," said father-of-three Robert Brunsdon.

"I don't known what the answer is, whether it is more police on the street would solve the problem or not," added the 40-year-oold computer programmer.

Another neighbour who asked not to be named said: "I am very disturbed by it. You never think something like that is going to happen near where you live. It's unsettling especially when you have a family – it makes me think carefully about security."

If anybody has information which can help detectives catch the two offenders they should telephone

Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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