Elderly Men Attacked By 'Despicable Cowards'

7 April 2016, 14:04 | Updated: 7 April 2016, 19:13

Two elderly men have been robbed of small sums of money after they were attacked by "despicable cowards''.

An 86-year-old man was taken to hospital with facial injuries after three men forced their way into his flat in Garturk Street in the Govanhill area of Glasgow and stole coins worth a two-figure amount.

The incident happened at around 10.45pm on Wednesday and the man remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Earlier that evening, a 73-year-old was walking on Belleisle Street in Govanhill when he was grabbed by a man who pushed him to the ground and ran off with his wallet containing a small sum of cash.

He did not need hospital treatment.

Police Scotland are now investigating if the two robberies are linked.

The suspect in the first incident, which happened at around 6.45pm, is described as of Eastern European appearance, dark skinned, in his late teens and was wearing a black leather jacket, grey hooded top and blue denims.

The three men involved in the second attack are described as of Eastern European appearance, early 20s, one with short shaved dark hair.

Chief Inspector Graham McInarlin said: "The men responsible for these robberies are nothing but cowards. They are despicable and deserve all that is coming to them and I am determined to catch them and put them behind bars.''

He added: "At this time we cannot confirm if the two incidents are linked, however, inquiries are ongoing.

"Thankfully, neither man was seriously injured, however, I fully recognise and understand the impact this has on the local community and in particular our elderly residents.

"The seriousness of these incidents is not lost on me and be re-assured that Police Scotland is treating these incidents head on and will fully commit all resources, both local and national, to deal with those responsible.''