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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Father assaulted and robbed at home

DETECTIVES have launched a major investigation after an Ecclefechan man -- at home with his schoolboy son -- was assaulted and robbed by intruders.

INVESTIGATION . . . the Hoddom Court area of Ecclefechan, scene of an early hours robbery


 

He was in his terraced home, part of a courtyard development, at the village’s Hoddom Court when two men gained entry around 1 am on Friday.

The 46-year-old man sustained minor injuries in the attack and was forced to hand over a quantity of cash.

He was taken by ambulance 16 miles to Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and has since been released.

His son was in the house at the time and fortunately was unharmed.

An area of Hoddom Court was taped off and a team of scenes-of-crime officers and detectives drafted in with enquiries continuing over the last two days.

Once villager told DnG24 said: “Everyone is shocked that something like this could happen in the village.”

Police Scotland are appealing for public help in tracking down those responsible.

One of the men who entered the house is described as white, one 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 10 inches high, of stocky build and was wearing a dark coloured jacket.

The second suspect was slightly taller, of heavier build and was wearing flourescent yellow jacket.

Detective Inspector Scott Young of Dumfries CID is leading the enquiry.

He said: “Officers are currently in the process of carrying out door to door enquiries as well as retrieving CCTV from a number of different locations throughout the village with a view of identifying who is responsible for this crime.

“This was a cowardly act which was made even worse due to the fact the victim’s 11-year-old son was in the house at the time.

“From our enquiries, we know that around 1 am on the Friday morning, three men were seen in a dark coloured vehicle in nearby Hoddam Road.  We are keen to identify the make of this vehicle and those who were using it at the time.”

DI Young appealed for anyone with information that would assist police to contact Dumfries CID via 101 or in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

He added: “Thankfully, incidents such as this are extremely rare in Annandale and Eskdale and we are determined to catch those who are responsible.”

 

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