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Higher Walton man left with black eye after being attacked in his own home

Posted on - 1st April, 2016 - 9:08pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Preston News, Walton-le-Dale
Mr Avery was left with nasty injuries to his face

Mr Avery was left with nasty injuries to his face

This is how an elderly man was left after a man pretending to be a police officer called at his door in Higher Walton.

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Michael Avery, 73, wanted to show Prestonians the injuries he was left with as Preston Police appeal for witnesses.

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Between 9.30pm and 10.45pm on Tuesday the pensioner had a knock on his door.

When he asked the visitor to confirm their identity they said they were the police.

As Mr Avery opened his door he was pushed backwards into an adjoining room and punched in the face.

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DC Darren Caunce from Preston CID said: “This is a truly despicable, targeted crime against an elderly gentleman in his own home.

“Not only has the victim has been left with a lump to his eye and some heavy bruising, he is also very anxious after suffering this ordeal in a place where he should have been safe.

“Thankfully we have since recovered the victim’s stolen car but still need anyone with information that could help to come forward and speak to us.”

Police have arrested a man 48, and a woman, 41, both from the Preston area on suspicion of robbery and they have been bailed.

Mr Avery’s wallet was taken and the offender also took his car keys and house keys, and locked his victim in the bathroom before driving off in the pensioner’s blue Fiat Panda.

The offender is thought to be a white male, around 5ft 8ins, approximately 30 years old and was wearing a dark hooded jacket with a black scarf covering his face.

Anyone with information can contact police on 101 quoting incident reference number 1628 of March 29th.

Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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