Devon

Baseball bat gang rob 'defenceless' elderly couple

An elderly couple have been robbed in their home by five men wearing balaclavas and wielding baseball bats.

The men forced their way into the house on Redwell Road, Paignton and demanded cash from a 77-year-old man and his 70-year-old wife.

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was a "shocking crime against a defenceless elderly couple".

The men, who spoke with Liverpool accents, stole two watches and jewellery.

Police said the man was pushed backwards in the hallway of his home before being forced into the dining room where he was struck in the face by cable ties.

His wife was forced up against a wall by one of the men during the attack which took place last Wednesday night.

'Great distress'

The men then went upstairs and stole two watches, a platinum wedding band and a gold and diamond engagement ring.

Sgt Roy Linden, who is leading the investigation, said: "This was a shocking crime committed against a defenceless elderly couple.

"These men wearing balaclavas and carrying weapons forced their way into the couple's home late at night and assaulted them causing them great distress.

"It is fortunate that this despicable incident didn't lead to them suffering serious injury due to their age and we would urge anyone with information to come forward to us."

Officers said they were interested in any sightings of a silver car containing two men which was seen travelling slowly around the area earlier that day.

They would also like to hear from anyone who saw a man near to the address before the incident.

He is described as white, aged 25 to 30, and was wearing dark coloured jogging bottoms and a black zip up top.

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