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Pensioner injured after thieves steal £32k worth of gold coins from home

By Dayna Farrington | Burntwood | Crime | Published:

A pensioner has been left with serious injuries after a burglary at his Staffordshire home – which saw £32,000 worth of gold coins stolen.

Thorpe Street, in the Burntwood area. Photo: Google Maps

The reported break-in took place at the 73-year-old's home in Thorpe Street, in the Burntwood area, on Thursday, May 28.

It is believed two men broke into his property and stole 98 gold coins – believed to be worth around £32,000.

But Staffordshire Police were only made aware of the incident shortly before 7am on Thursday morning and have now launched an investigation.

The man was taken to hospital having been left with fractures to his eye socket and left shoulder.

DS Cathryn Holland, of Force CID, said: "This is an abhorrent crime which targeted a vulnerable member of our community.

“Having only been notified of the incident this morning [Thursday] we are still at the scene carrying out a forensic investigation and local enquiries.

“We are determined to find those responsible and ensure the victim gets his belongings back.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 3:49am on the May 28 to a property on Thorpe Street in Burntwood. One ambulance attended the scene.

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"We treated one patient, a man, for serious injuries before taking him to hospital for further treatment.”

Anyone with information can call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 84 of June 4.

Alternatively, witnesses can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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