AN ELDERLY couple were left shocked and bruised after a raid on their home on Wednesday afternoon.
The elderly man aged 78 and his sister aged 79 were both punched and forced to the floor by the two intruders who escaped with a quantity of cash.
Their ordeal started at about 2.20pm when one of the thieves knocked on their door in John Street, Winsford, and claimed the drains needed cleaning.
The couple were robbed by distraction burglars last year who used a similar ruse to gain entry to the house, and so the old man refused to let him in.
But after failing to get in through the front, the stranger went round the back and pushed past the old man after he came to the rear door.
When the pensioner tried to stop him a second man entered the kitchen grabbed him by the collar, punched him in the face and held him down on the floor.
The woman then pluckily attempted to stop the thieves and was also pushed to the floor and punched as well. The intruders then began searching the house before stealing a quantity of cash, believed to be in the region of £1,000.
DC Louise Henson of Winsford CID, the officer in charge of the case, said: 'Neither victim was seriously hurt, but they were both extremely shocked and upset.
'There have not been any other reports of this type of incident in the area recently, but we would urge the public to be on their guard.'
The elderly couple sustained minor injuries in the attack but declined hospital treatment. They were treated at the scene by paramedics. Both men spoke with Irish accents and are described as about 5ft 10ins tall.
Police spokesman Sergeant Keith Beresford added: 'The persons attacked were both elderly and vulnerable. We take this type of offence extremely seriously.
'We are appealing to anyone who was in the John Street area at that time and who saw someone answering the description given or noted any suspicious vehicles parked in the vicinity to please contact the police. Any help the public could give us would be greatly appreciated.'