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24 February 2012, 17:18
Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information from the public after an 80 year old man was injured during a burglary in Bedford on Thursday evening, February 23.
The incident happened as the victim arrived home with his 70 year old wife between 8.45pm and 9.11pm.
The pensioner entered the property in Rowlandson Way and was shocked to find a man in his home.
A scuffle broke out between the offender and the resident during which the victim’s glasses were broken and his nose was cut.
The offender, who is described as a white man, with a slim build and face, a pointed nose, was in his 20s, between 5’10” – 5’11” tall, and wore a grey hooded top and dark track bottoms, spoke with a local accent and left the scene in an unknown direction.
The officer in charge of this investigation, Detective Constable Darren Armitage, based at Greyfriars Police Station, is keen to speak to anyone who can help identify the offender.
DC Armitage said: “It is unknown at this time if anything has been taken from the property as the occupants of the house were so shaken by what had happened."
He continued: “I would urge anyone who can help identify the offender responsible for this crime or anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area last night to come forward and help with this investigation.”
Anyone with information about this incident can contact DC Armitage, in confidence, on 01234 275142, or Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.