Manchester

Aspull couple, in their 70s, tied up in robbery at home

A couple in their 70s were tied up during a robbery at their home in Greater Manchester, police have said.

The man, 75, arrived home in Withington Lane, Aspull, in the early hours of Sunday and was attacked by two men.

They punched him in the face and held a knife to his throat. He was tied up in his car before the men disabled power lines to his home and took his keys.

They then went into the house and tied up his wife, 73, before going back for the man and tying him up with her.

'Extremely shaken'

The robbers stole a silver Nissan X-Trail, electrical equipment, jewellery, mobile phones.

The couple managed to free themselves and called police from a telephone box.

Det Sgt Joanne Clawson, of Greater Manchester Police, said: "The robbers did not care how their actions affected their victims and both have been left extremely shaken after an ordeal that lasted two hours.

"We are working very hard to find the offenders and are keen to speak to anyone who may know the whereabouts of the stolen vehicle."

The men were described as wearing dark clothing and balaclavas.

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