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Thieves snatch ring from around elderly man’s neck.
Thursday 24th July 2014 @ 16:28 by Anna Fletcher
Gorton & Openshaw News



Police are appealing for witnesses after callous robbers broke into an elderly man’s home and snatched his late wife’s wedding ring from around his neck.

At around 6.30pm on Wednesday 23rd July the 70-year-old was sitting alone in his home on Reynolds Drive in Gorton when two men burst into his front room and demanded money and valuables.

The two men threatened to stab and kill him if he did not comply with their demands, picking up a lap top as they searched the room for valuables.

On their way out of the address one of the men tore the victim’s jumper off his body and snatched a gold chain from around his neck, on which was his late wife’s wedding ring and a half sovereign.

The first offender is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall with a slim build and in his late 30s. He also had a disfigured left ear.

The second offender is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall and in his 40s with a large build.

Detective Constable Jackie O’Neil said: “The elderly gentleman who has been attacked has been left shaken and shocked. “The act of stealing this man’s jewellery from round his neck, in particular his late wife’s wedding ring, is utterly reprehensible.”

“These items of jewellery hold significant sentimental to the victim and he is desperate to have these items returned to him in any way possible. “If anyone is offered any jewellery of this kind, I urge them to do the right thing and make contact with Police so they can be reunited with their rightful owner.”

Anyone with information is asked to call 0161 856 1902 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.