Elderly pair left terrified after raid on their home

Coppull Moor Lane, Coppull
Coppull Moor Lane, Coppull

Burglars threatened a “terrified” elderly couple and their son and searched their house during a raid.

They even pulled out the family’s telephone, before fleeing with £200 in cash.

Two men went into the house on Coppull Moor Lane, Coppull, at around 8.20pm last Tuesday.

Inside the house were a 93-year-old man, his 91-year-old wife and their 63-year-old son.

The son, who has asked not to be named, believes they used a kitchen window, which had been open for only minutes, to get inside.

He said: “At about eight o’clock every night, I go in the kitchen to make a brew. I usually open the window because we always get condensation on it.

“I put the kettle on, sat down for about two minutes and the next thing I knew, there were two men in the back kitchen.

“They came in and I got up to try to remonstrate with them.

“One had a crowbar and screwdriver and pushed me back in the chair.

“He told me to sit down and keep quiet and if I made a sound, he would use them.”

The other intruder searched the family’s bedrooms and stole money, thought to be hundreds of pounds.

The man said: “It went on for about 10 minutes and it was horrible. I have never experienced any feeling like it. It seemed more like an hour. It seemed to go on forever.

“When this chap came out of the bedroom, he pulled the phone out and made a run for it.”

The burglars ran along Coppull Moor Lane towards the railway bridge.

The man went to a neighbour’s house to call the police and described officers as

“really fantastic”.

The family were not hurt in the incident, but they were left extremely shaken.

The man, who is his parents’ carer, said: “I still feel a bit shaky at times and keep thinking about what might have happened.

“We are all lucky to be in one piece.

“They were really threatening and I kept thinking they were going to use their crowbar or screwdriver. I really thought they were going to harm us.”

He added: “My mum and dad were sitting on the chair next to me. They were really frightened. I’ve never seen them so terrified.”

Police are investigating the burglary and are appealing for help to find the men

responsible.

Det Sgt Ian Derbyshire, of Lancashire Constabulary’s South CID, said: “This was an extremely nasty crime which has left the vulnerable victims very shaken up, although thankfully unhurt. “I would appeal for anyone with information to get in touch with us.”

One of the intruders was described as male, about 6ft tall and of a slim build. He was dressed in all dark clothing.

The second man was about 5ft 9ins tall and of a stocky build. He wore a black cap and dark or black clothing.

Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call police on 101, quoting log number 1264 on Tuesday,

November 18.