Disabled man had knife held to throat in his own home during terrifying burglary

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A disabled man has described the terrifying moment he was tied up and a knife was held to his throat as thieves barged their way inside his home.

The incident - what police have described as a "terrifying ordeal" - happened in the Gunnersbury Way area of Nuthall at about 2.30pm on Monday, October 23, when the victim heard a knock at his door. 

The 64-year-old man, who lives alone, and does not wish to be named, told the Post he was just about to make himself a sandwich when he saw a man in a delivery jacket at his door.

The victim is visually impaired, deaf and suffers from type 2 diabetes.

He told the Post: "It was mid-afternoon, daylight, I just opened the door and he pushed the door so hard it knocked me to the ground and then him and his accomplice dragged me into the lounge.

"They tied my wrists and feet with cable ties and I was still in my dressing gown so they put that over my head and told me to ‘face the fireplace.’

"They then put a gun to the back of my head and said: ‘Where is the money? Where is the valuables?’ I told them everything I had was upstairs in the bedroom."

One of the thieves stormed upstairs and found a strong box containing all the victim’s jewellery, but they could not find the key to open it.

He said: "He grabbed the back of my hair, held my head backwards and put a knife to my throat and said ‘where is the key?’

He was then told if he tried to escape they would 'put a bullet in his head' and 'put him in a body bag'.

Items stolen included a Gucci watch, which was a gift from his son, and a South African Krugerrand coin, which he’d kept as an intended investment for his granddaughter.

Also taken was a gold Rolex watch, a gold bracelet and sovereign rings. He said the valuables are believed to be worth £25,000 to £30,000. 

The men then dragged him into the kitchen where his binds were cut and he was told to count to 100 and not contact the police.

He said they had cut his phone lines but had not noticed the one in the kitchen. The police were called.

He said: "I could not even put my dustbin out the other day. I could not even leave the front of my door, that’s how stressful I am."

One of the burglars was a white male who was wearing a grey hooded top and a fluorescent orange tabard.

The victim wasn’t able to give a description of the other man. 

The men left the property two or three times to a vehicle during the burglary, believed to have been parked outside.

Detective Constable Sarah Stables, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim in his own home. I’m appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and witnessed two people acting suspiciously to contact us as soon as possible on 101.

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"The incident will be concerning to the close community and we would like to reassure them that we believe it to be isolated and have increased patrols in the area." 

Anyone who witnessed the burglary or who has any information is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 510 of 23 October 2017, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555