South Scotland

'Cowardly' attack on Stranraer OAP probed

Police in Stranraer have launched an investigation after a pensioner was attacked and robbed in his own home.

The incident occurred at about 23:15 on Saturday in Belmont Road when the 71-year-old answered the door.

He was confronted by two people who overpowered him, knocked him to the ground and took more than £200.

Police said the victim was not injured but had been left "shaken and distressed" by what they described as a "cowardly attack".

Descriptions have been issued of the two people who called at the house.

Public appeal

One was about 30 years old, 5ft 9in tall, of stocky build, with short cropped hair.

He was wearing dark blue jeans, a dark grey top and a dark blue hoodless rain jacket.

The second person has only been described as being about 5ft 7in tall and was wearing denim jeans and a hooded jacket.

It is not known if it was a man or a woman.

Det Con Garry Mitchell said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who may have been in or around the Belmont Road area of Stranraer around this time on Saturday evening and who may have seen anything suspicious.

"This is a cowardly attack on an elderly man in his own home and we are asking for the public's help to catch those responsible."

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