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Rochdale pensioner condemns 'lowlife' burglars who searched husband

An 86-year-old woman who was assaulted with her husband by burglars in the home they have shared for 51 years has condemned the "lowlifes" responsible.

Two intruders pushed past Muriel Wild as she opened the back door of her house in Rochdale and grabbed her 90-year-old husband.

One held him while the other searched his pockets at the house on Sedgley Street, Middleton on Sunday afternoon.

The burglars then searched a handbag and stole the couple's pension money.

'Totally shocked'

Mrs Wild, who has been married for 63 years, said: "We should not feel unsafe in our own home, but that is exactly how we feel.

"We have lived here for 51 years and are totally shocked by what has happened, but we will not be forced out by these lowlife criminals.

"The thieves are someone's son or brother and I think their relatives should do the right and responsible thing and hand them in so justice can be done."

Det Con Katrina Fitzsimmons said: "These men are cowards, plain and simple.

"They have targeted an elderly couple in their home and stolen their pension money, which they rely on to heat their home and to put food on their table.

"I want them and anyone who knows them to think long and hard about how they would feel if their grandparents had been targeted in this way and had money that they depend on to get-by so cruelly stolen from them."

The men have been described as white and were wearing dark clothing.

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