Scotland

Man, 74, dragged into Dennistoun home and robbed

A 74-year-old man was attacked in the street by three men, then dragged into his flat, robbed and tied up.

Police said the man was walking close to his home in Bathgate Street, in the Dennistoun area of Glasgow, at about 08:45.

Three men assaulted the 74-year-old before forcing him into his flat and ransacking it.

They stole jewellery, a mobile phone, car keys and a three-figure sum of money.

Police said that the victim had been approached close to his home by a man saying he was from the water company and he needed to check his property for any leaks.

The pensioner refused and a further two men joined the original suspect.

After ransacking his home and stealing numerous items, the men tied the victim up and made off.

The 74-year-old man managed to free himself and got help from a passer-by. He suffered injuries to his body but he declined medical attention.

The suspects are described as white, about 6ft and with slim builds. They all had local accents.

Det Insp Alan Burton said: "It is completely unacceptable that an elderly man who is just going about his day is dragged into his own home and attacked.

"The victim is well known within the community and I would appeal to all local residents who have any information or knowledge, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to get in touch with us."