POLICE APPEAL // ELDERLY COUPLE INJURED FOLLOWING BURGLARY

SCUNTHORPE: ELDERLY COUPLE INJURED FOLLOWING BURGLARY
An elderly Scunthorpe couple sustained serious injuries during an aggravated burglary at their home address this evening.

The incident happened at approximately 1720hrs on Elm Grove in the town.

Police were alerted by a member of the public who reported seeing a man run from the house of the couple, get into a white van and make off.

Officers attended the address and discovered the man and woman, both aged in their late 80s to early 90s, with serious injuries.

It is believed they were assaulted by the man who was attempting to burgle them. At this time it is not known whether anything was stolen.

The suspect has been described as a white man, aged in his late 30s, 5ft 2ins tall, stocky build and wearing a hooded top and jeans.

The injured man and woman were taken to Scunthorpe General Hospital where they remain at this time and are both said to be in a critical condition.

The address on Elm Grove has been cordoned off and crime scene investigators are conducting an examination of the property. Meanwhile house to house inquiries have been carried out in the area in an effort to locate witnesses.

Police are seeking help from the public to identify the whereabouts of the white van believed to have been used in the burglary. It is described as a white caddy style van and it left the scene heading in the direction of Collum Avenue.

Detective Inspector Jon Cross said: “This was a vicious attack on two elderly and vulnerable members of the community in their own home. At this stage they are receiving treatment in hospital for their injuries and they are both in a critical condition.

“Our investigations are ongoing and we are keen to locate the white caddy style van seen leaving the address at approximately 1720hrs today. I would urge anyone who thinks they may have seen the van at any point either prior to, or after the incident was reported, to contact us.”

Anyone with any information at all that may assist the police is asked to contact Humberside Police on the non emergency number 101 referring to log 457 of 23 December, or alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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