Appeal after pensioner assaulted in Gateshead burglary

03 Nov 2017 15:00 PM

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Police are appealing for information after a pensioner was assaulted during a burglary in Gateshead.

The incident happened at 9.15pm last night when two men tried to force entry to an address on Rotherfield Gardens in the Harlow Green area of the town.

The 70-year-old occupant confronted the men in his rear garden but they pulled him out the address and pushed them to the floor.

They then grabbed the victim’s car keys from the kitchen and fled in their 66-plate grey VW Golf R vehicle, which has yet to be recovered by police.

The victim was taken to hospital by paramedics where he remains for serious, but non-life threatening, hip injuries.

Enquiries to trace those responsible are ongoing but now police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Knox said: “Officers from our specialist burglary team are working hard to identify these two men but we need the public’s help.

“The elderly victim in this case is in hospital with a serious hip injury which was inflicted by the men who were trying to break into his home.

“We are aware of other burglaries in the areas of Harlow Green and Wrekenton and, while nobody was injured as they were in this case, we are keeping an open mind as to whether they could be linked.

“Burglary is a very serious offence and the idea of intruders entering their home as a significant impact on victims.

“If anyone has seen this vehicle, knows someone who has suddenly come into the possession of a similar car or if you know those involved, then please get in touch.”  

The offenders are both described as white with one wearing a dark hooded jacket and one wearing a beige hooded jacket.

If you know those responsible, or saw anyone suspicious area, then contact police on 101 quoting log 1227 02/11/17.