Lowestoft pensioner hurt in burglary with violence incident

POLICE are seeking witnesses after a Lowestoft pensioner was injured during a burglary with violence incident at a home in Lowestoft.

A man in his early 70s heard a noise at the property in Rotterdam Road about 12.45am yesterday morning (Wednesday) and went to open his front door. As he did so a man forced his way in, knocking over the pensioner in the process.

The elderly man suffered a cut to his head, swelling to his wrist and ankle and bruising to his arm and ribs in the incident.

The robber demanded cash but when told that there was none in the property, the man tried to get to the phone to alert police - however the burglar snatched the cordless phone from him and left.

This phone was later located by police officers searching the area. A 22-year-old man was arrested shortly after this, but he has now been released and faces no further police action.

'The offender is described as white, aged in his 20s to early 30s, around 5ft 10ins tall, of slim build and of drawn appearance wearing a two-tone grey woolly hat, a blue padded jacket and dark coloured trousers or jeans,' a police spokesman said.

'Officers would like to hear from anyone who may have been in the area around this time who may have seen or heard anything that may help the enquiry or anyone with information about who the offender may be.'

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• If you can help please call DC 157 Woodham at Lowestoft CID on 01986 835300.