Pensioner, 73, robbed in his home - and 40 watches taken

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A gang of burglars attacked a pensioner in his home and stole nearly £13,000 worth of jewellery and cash.

The three raiders got in through an insecure window at 4.55am on Thursday while the 73-year-old man was asleep.

They searched the property, waking the man, who tried to confront the trio in the hallway but he was restrained by one of the culprits.

The victim was not hurt, but was shaken by his ordeal.

The offenders took a safe including 40 watches worth £6,000, 40 rings worth £4,000, two gold chains valued at a total of £2,000, £800 in cash and bank cards. It is not known how they escaped.

The raiders were white men. One was around 5ft 10in tall, stocky and wearing a light-coloured top with a scarf around the lower part of his face.

The others were shorter in height, appeared to be in their early 20s, skinny and wearing black hoodies with the hoods up.

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the burglary on Manor Way, Hoyland, Barnsley. Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101 and quote incident number 95 of February 27, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.