E-fit issued in Gloucestershire pensioner attack case

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E-fit of the man police want to speak to
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Detectives are linking the robbery to a suspicious incident 10 minutes earlier

Police investigating an aggravated burglary in which an 83-year-old man was assaulted have issued an e-fit of a man they want to speak to.

The victim, John Astman, was threatened with a knife and suffered facial injuries on 28 January.

Mr Astman was walking his dog near his Longlevens home when he was approached by a man who asked for money for his bus fare.

He refused but the man followed him back to his house and attacked him.

'Horrific ordeal'

Mr Astman was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital with head and facial injuries and later discharged.

The offender is white, slim, and in his early 20s, wearing dark clothing and a hat.

He took cash and jewellery from the house.

Det Insp Kevin McCloskey said: "I believe Mr Astman is recovering well considering the circumstances, but this was an horrific ordeal for him."

Detectives are linking the robbery to a suspicious incident about 10 minutes beforehand in Longford Lane, Longlevens, when a resident was visited by a young man she did not know.

She refused to answer the door and he walked away.

He was of a similar description to the person who targeted Mr Astman.

Anyone who recognises the man in the e-fit is asked to contact the police immediately.

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