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Pensioner dies after bogus police officers break into his house near Oswestry

By Keri Trigg | Oswestry | Crime | Published:

An elderly man has died days after being attacked and robbed by intruders who claimed to be undercover police.

The 74-year-old was found dead at his home near Oswestry.

He had been threatened, physically attacked and robbed at the same address by three men who claimed they were detectives.

The three men searched his house in Fitzalan Close, Babbinswood, before they left with cash and a wallet.

The victim was treated in hospital overnight after the robbery, at around 8.20pm last Tuesday.

He was discharged the following morning for treatment for injuries that were not considered life threatening.

But on Friday, police were informed that he had been found dead.

Today police appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

At this stage it is not known if his death is linked to the robbery.

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A post mortem has been carried out and his death is currently being treated as unexplained. The coroner's office has been informed.

It is thought the robbers left the area in a light-coloured Volvo.

Shropshire Commander Superintendent Mo Lansdale said: “Our thoughts are with the man’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"He has clearly suffered an unpleasant ordeal during the robbery.

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"Whether or not this is linked to his death we simply don’t know at this stage.

"We’re carrying out enquiries into the robbery to trace those responsible and would appeal for anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

"If anyone was in Whittington on Tuesday evening and saw anything suspicious or out of the ordinary we would ask them to get in contact."

Anyone with information is asked to contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting reference 652s 201118 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Keri Trigg

By Keri Trigg
Reporter - @KeriTrigg_Star

Reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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