Elderly man robbed as he slept in his own bed

Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.
Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.
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An elderly man was the victim of a "shocking" robbery after callous thieves targeted him while he slept in his own bed, say police.

Officers were called to reports of a break-in after thieves smashed the window of the 72-year-old's property on Greaves Street in Great Harwood at around midnight on Thursday, May 18.

Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.

Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.

The man, was in bed when the thieves disturbed him. They stole a gold chain from around his neck, a sovereign ring from his finger, attempted to remove his wristwatch and stole a number of other watches before making off.

Detectives are now appealing to the public to help them trace the three men pictured in the CCTV images in connection with the robbery.

They are also keen to speak to a fourth man who is believed to have walked past the three men and could be a witness.

DS Rob Trickett of Blackburn CID said: “This is a shocking incident involving an elderly man who was robbed while he was in bed in his own home. He is understandably shaken by what has happened and is being supported by officers at this time.

Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.

Police would like to trace these three men in connection with the incident.

"Enquiries to trace those responsible are already underway and we would urge anyone who may have witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area, or any of the males in the stills, to contact us.”

Anyone who recognises the three men, or the possible witness, is urged to contact police on 101 quoting log 10 of May 18th.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at Crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police would like to speak to this possible witness

Police would like to speak to this possible witness