West Midlands police are investigating after an elderly couple were left traumatised when thieves forced their way into their Kings Norton home – making off with a only mobile phone worth just £50.

The couple heard a loud bang on the door of their home in Popes Lane at around 10.30 on Tuesday 7th October. Alarmed, the husband, 71, opened the window to see who was there. He was punched in the face, falling backwards.

Two men then jumped in through the window, pushing his 63 year old wife on to the sofa. The men demanded money and searched the house, but left with just a mobile phone, worth around £50.

Police are now seeking the two men. Both are described as black, around 6 feet tall and wearing dark clothing. One was heavily built and aged 20-30 and the other was slimmer with a long black beard.

The pair made off in a black Vauxhall Astra with darkened windows.

Investigating officer DC Steve Tarver said: “This was an alarming attack on a couple in their own home which left them distressed, but thankfully relatively unhurt.

“We are keen to hear from anyone who may have seen the two men run from the property down the Rea Valley route onto Wychall Lane where they got into the Astra on the bridge and drove off.”

Police have been checking CCTV images and door to door enquiries have been made. They have now launched an appeal for information.

If you have any information at all, please call West Midlands Police on 101. Or you can call the independent charity CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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