Manhunt after pensioner attacked and robbed in own home

The 77-year-old man has been left shaken by the 'cowardly crime', which police branded 'despicable'.

Investigation: Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward. Google 2019
Investigation: Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

A manhunt has been launched after a pensioner was attacked and robbed in his South Lanarkshire home.

The 77-year-old man has been left shaken by the “cowardly crime”, which police branded “despicable”.

The victim was assaulted after answering his door to two men in Wingfield Gardens, Bothwell, at around 10.45pm on Saturday night.

The suspects managed to escape with a sum of money and some personal items.

The elderly man did not require hospital treatment.

One of the attackers was wearing a green tracksuit, whilst the other was dressed in a white tracksuit.

Police are appealing for witnesses and have increased patrols in the area to “provide reassurance”.

Detective sergeant Laura Sands said: “For someone to force their way into this elderly gentleman’s home and subject him to such a terrifying ordeal is absolutely despicable.

“It is crucial that we trace the people responsible for this cowardly crime as soon as possible and officers are currently examining CCTV and speaking with local residents as part of their enquiries.

“I would urge anyone who was in the local area on Saturday evening to come forward if they think they may have seen the two men responsible, or anything suspicious. 

“I would also be keen to hear about any vehicles seen in the area of Wingfield Gardens around the time of the robbery.

“Local residents will understandably be concerned following this incident and there will be additional police patrols in the area to provide reassurance. 

“If you have any concerns at all, please feel free to speak to the officers who will be happy to assist you.”