DETECTIVES have branded as “despicable” the robbery of an elderly couple in their home last night.

They are appealing for witnesses to the burglary to come forward.

Superintendent Wendy Middleton said: “We received a report just before 8:40 pm that two men had forced entry to a house in Trasna Way in Lurgan sometime between 8 pm and 8:10 pm.

“Once inside they assaulted one of two occupants, a man aged in his 80s, throwing him to the floor.

“The suspects then ransacked the house before fleeing.

“While the man was not physically injured, he was left badly shaken. A woman in the house was untouched, but left very shocked.

“Both suspects, who are described as having their faces covered and wore black woollen gloves, then fled.

“It’s not known at this time what, if anything, was taken.

“This was a despicable act, and I am appealing to anyone with information they believe may assist our investigation to get in touch.

“I would also appeal to anyone who was in the Trasna Way area last night and saw what happened or saw two men in the area acting suspiciously to get in touch by calling us on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference 1226 29/10/18.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

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