Elderly couple fight off masked raiders

AN elderly couple were left shaken after a masked gang tried to force their way into their home in the middle of the night.

The man, who lives on Coolidge Avenue, was asleep in bed when he was disturbed by someone ringing his doorbell at 1.50am on Tuesday, January 31.

He and his wife, who are both in their 70s, got up and went downstairs and opened the door.

As they did, they were confronted by three men wearing balaclavas.

One of the men tried to push past the gentleman to get inside the house but he and his wife were able to push the door closed and the three men ran from the house.

DC Tim Dodgson of Lancaster CID said: “Fortunately, in this case, the couple were able to prevent these men from getting in to their property but understandably, they have been left shaken by their ordeal.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have any information to come forward, particularly anyone who saw anything around the time of the incident itself or any suspicious activity in the area in the time leading up to it.”

It is believed that after the offence, the three men ran off down an alleyway onto Willow Lane.

One of the men was described as around 6ft 2in, slim, and wearing a balaclava, a dark fleece jacket with a zip and dark trousers. The two other men have been described as around 5ft 10in and slim. They were also wearing balaclavas and dark clothing.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on the new non-emergency number 101 or alternatively, information can be passed to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.