Appeal after man is robbed in Brierfield home

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Police are appealing for information after a 65 year old man was robbed after being confronted by a man on the doorstep of his Brierfield home on Saturday night (15th February)

Around 7:40pm the victim, who had just arrived home after walking back from a local shop, answered a knock on the back door of his home on Timber Street where he was confronted by a man.

The victim did not recognise the man and so tried to shut the door but as he did, the offender forced his way into the house, punched the victim in the face and demanded money. He then took a wallet from the victim’s jacket pocket and left the house.

DC Haydn Sibley of Pennine CID said: “This is a horrific crime in which a man has been targeted in his own home. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured but he was clearly left very shaken by his ordeal and so I would urge anybody that saw anything suspicious in the area on Saturday evening, particularly around the Colne Road area to contact us as soon as possible.”

The offender is described as Asian, around 5ft 10, of medium build, and he was wearing dark coloured hooded top with the hood up, dark coloured trousers and black woollen gloves.

Anyone with any information about this incident should contact Lancashire Police on 101.

People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

A 36 year old man from Brierfield has been arrested in connection with the offence and has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.