POLICE are hunting for three men after an elderly couple were targeted by burglars in a ‘horrific’ attack in Co. Down.
The incident happened at around 8pm on Friday at Elmfield Villas in Warrenpoint.
Three males forced their way into the home of the couple, who are aged in their 70s.
The woman was grabbed and thrown to the ground while her husband was grabbed by the throat.
The suspects searched the house before making off with a sum of cash, a mobile phone, three white gold rings and a man’s leather wallet.
“This was a horrific attack and this couple endured a frightening and violent violation of their home,” said PSNI Detective Sergeant Connor.
“The individuals who carried out this attack have nothing to offer society and need to face the full rigour of the law.
“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area at the time to come forward and help us with our investigation.”
Detectives have urged anyone who saw anything suspicious in the Elmfield area or the Upper Dromore Road area of Warrenpoint on Friday to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives in Ardmore on 101, quoting reference 1261 09/11/18.
Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.