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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 (3023247)
Appeal for information after burglars beat Halsall man with a hammer
by David Simister

TWO burglars who broke into a home assaulted their victim with a hammer and then locked him in a cupboard.

Now police have appealed for any information about the raid in Renacres Lane, Halsall.

The men smashed theirwai in through the front door before robbing the home owner and hitting several times with a hammer last Saturday evening (February 4).

The victim of the brutal attack has not been identified but The Champion has been told that he is a businessman in the Southport area. He was left badly bruised and shaken by the attack.

The victim's business partner, who wished to remain anonymous, said yesterday: “He's more shaken up than anything but he's been left very badly bruised around the arms, legs and shoulders by what happened, and as he was already recovering from a work-related injury it's unlikely he would have been able to defend himself against these people.

”He would never normally have been in when the incident happened, so there's a chance the burglars had been watching him beforehand, picked their time and been taken by surprise.

“He's a very well known businessmen, particularly in Southport, and a very likeable fella, and everybody who knows what happened is absolutely disgusted.”

Officers from Lancashire Constabulary have now launched an investigation into the attack, and are appealing for anyone with any information about the break-in to get in touch as soon as possible.

A force spokesman said: “One offender has been armed with a hammer, gone into the lounge and demanded money and keys to a safe from the victim. The offender then took the victim's watch and assaulted him several times with the hammer. The victim showed the offender the safe, which had nothing of value in it.

”The other offender had then gone upstairs and stolen a large amount of cash and a Rolex watch.“

The two offenders, who had broken into the home between 6.30pm and 7pm last Saturday evening then locked their victim in the cupboard which contained the safe, and left the house.

The first offender was described as being around 178cm tall, of slim build and in his early 30s, and spoke with a Liverpool accent. He is said to have looked gaunt with fair eyebrows and wore a black, woollen hat with a small peak, a black cloth jacket, black trousers and black trainers with thick lacing.

His companion, who also spoke with a Liverpool accent, was described as being around 173cm tall with stocky build and ginger, coarse eyebrows. He is said to have been in his late thirties and wore a thick, black woolen hate, a black cloth jacket, black pants and black pump shoes.

If you have any information about this incident please contact Lancashire police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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