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14 April 2011, 15:15
Police are appealing for information following an aggravated burglary in Northampton in which an elderly man sustained serious facial injuries.
At some time between 6.20am and 6.35am yesterday (Wednesday 13 April), a 79-year-old man answered the door of his home in Trussell Road, Bellinge, Northampton.
The caller stated he was from the police and when the man opened the door, the offender pushed his way into the property and threatened the man with a hammer.
The offender demanded that the man give a PIN for a safe situated inside the property.
The man was subsequently assaulted and sustained serious facial injuries.
The offender made off with property from the address and used a bank card in Blackthorn to withdraw a large amount of cash.
The offender is described as white, about 5ft 10ins tall and of skinny build. He was wearing a black woollen hat and a light grey tracksuit top with three turquoise stripes running from the collar down each arm.
The tracksuit bottoms were also light grey with three turquoise stripes running from the waist to the ankle. He was wearing dark-coloured trainers with white soles.
A police spokesman said: "This was a particularly nasty incident which resulted in a completely unnecessary attack on a defenceless and vulnerable elderly man.
"If you recognise the offender from the description or noticed any suspicious activity in the Bellinge, Billing and Blackthorn area of the town early yesterday morning then please contact us a matter of urgency."
Witnesses to this incident, or anyone with information, should call Northamptonshire Police on 03000 111 222 - alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.