Detectives are searching for three young boys and a girl who battered a 77-year-old disabled man with one of his own crutches before stealing his mobility scooter.

The pensioner was left at the side of the road as the thugs drove off in his disabled buggy which has still not been found.

The robbery happened in a park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, last night – and today police are appealing for anyone who saw the attack to contact them.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said:"Officers are appealing for witnesses after a 77-year-old man on a mobility scooter was robbed by a group of young people in Eastfield Park in Wellingborough.

"The incident happened yesterday between 6.20pm and 6.40pm, when the man was approached by three young black boys and a young black girl who kicked his mobility scooter and used one of his crutches to hit him.

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"They then chased his dog away and stole his mobility scooter before making off in the direction of Finedon Road.

"The man's scooter is still missing and is described as a red Invacare Leo.

"Anyone who sees the scooter or has any information about the incident should call Northamptonshire Police on 101."

It comes after masked raiders shoved a 70-year-old pensioner to the floor and one sat on top of her for an hour as they threatened to kill her pet dog.

Valerie Parry was left bloodied and bruised following the terrifying and violent burglary which turned her bungalow in Hull upside down on Sunday night.

Three thieves – two men and a woman – burst inside when she answered the door and then tied her up and covered her face while they ransacked the home looking for valuables and demanding to know "where the money is".

The woman sat on top of Mrs Parry for an hour and the men told her they would kill her dog if she didn't tell them where they could find cash.

The trio – whose faces were covered by scarves – cut her phone line and snatched her mobile phone to prevent her from calling for help.

They eventually took off in her VW Golf with jewellery and her phone, but as she followed them to the door she was ordered to “f***ing get back in", said her daughter, Theresa Parry.

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