Privett aggravated burglary sees police appeal

POLICE have appealed for information following an aggravated burglary at an address in Gosport late last week, in which an elderly man was assaulted and cash stolen from the victim.

It was reported to officers that between 10.20pm and 11.20pm on March 31 (Thursday), four unknown men gained entry to a property on Waverley Path, in the Privett area, and threatened the occupant.

The victim, a man in his 80s, was held to the ground while the men searched his house. He was not injured but approximately £400 cash was taken, as well as a significant quantity of foreign currency.

All four men are described as wearing black clothing and something black over the top of their heads with masks at the bottom, which could have been balaclavas.

The victim was not able to see the men’s faces clearly but believes they were all white and they were all of slim build. One of the men was wearing a black plastic coat with vertical strips.

Investigating officers would like to hear from any potential witnesses that may have seen anyone matching these descriptions or anybody behaving suspiciously to help their enquires.

This could include people driving through the area at the time with dash cam or those living nearby with any doorbell / CCTV footage that may have captured the men on their way to or leaving the property.

It’s not known at the current time whether the four males would have been on foot or in a vehicle at this earl stage, but updates will likely follow in due course to prompt further potential witnesses.

Police have asked that anybody with any information, no matter how small it may seem, to call 101 and quote reference number 44220127519. They can also go online and submit any information via the following form: https://www.hampshire.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report/.

Alternatively, anybody with information can contact the free and independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their anonymous online form at crimestoppers-uk.org.