Elderly couple hurt in Portsmouth burglary

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AN elderly couple were hurt during a burglary in which thieves stole jewellery worth thousands.

The victims, aged 72 and 74, were targeted by two men who knocked on the door of their home in Allaway Avenue, Paulsgrove.

When they answered the door the men forced them aside and threatened the couple before ordering them to hand over their possessions.

Both victims suffered bruising and cuts to their arms and hands during their ordeal.

The burglars fled with a large amount of gold jewellery, some of which had sentimental value.

It is not known exactly how much the haul is worth, but police say it runs into thousands of pounds.

The burglary happened at about 8.30pm on February 23, but police have only just released details.

Detective Constable Verity Lamb, from Fratton CID, said: ‘We are urging anyone who may have been in the area at the time and seen anything to come forward.

‘The two men ran from the scene, leaving the victims upset and quite shaken.

‘If you think you saw these men at the time of the incident, or have been offered any jewellery at cheap prices, or even found any discarded jewellery, please get in touch.

‘I would also advise that people be vigilant and if they have a door chain, to keep it on if they open the door to people they don’t know.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Lamb at Fratton station on 101 or 0845 0454545 .

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.