Arthritic pensioner robbed in Sompting home

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A 77-year-old man with severe arthritis who was robbed by two men in his Sompting home was lucky not to be seriously injured, police said.

The victim was at home in his flat in Cokeham Lane at 7.30pm on Monday, November 26, when a man called at the door and asked to use the toilet. The victim declined and shut the door, but 30 seconds later there was another knock and when he answered it a second man pushed his way in, knocking the man to the floor.

The suspect went into the lounge where it is thought he stole some loose change from a sideboard.

The first man is described as white in his mid-30s, about 5ft 11in, with a shaved head and dark clothing.

The second suspect is described as white, also mid-30s, but taller than the first man.

He was unshaven, possibly with a goatee-style beard and wearing a woolly hat.

Detective Constable Andy Hobden said: “This was a very frightening ordeal for this elderly gentlemen who suffers with severe arthritis, which was not helped by being thrown to the floor. He was lucky not to sustain more serious injuries and he is understandably very shaken and fearful about what happened.

“We need to catch these men before they offend again. If you know anything about the incident, the men involved or recognise their descriptions, I urge you to contact us on 101 quoting serial 433 of 27/11. Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”