Plucky Mossley pensioner hits out at 'cowards'

THE pensioner beaten and robbed in his Mossley home has said those that did it 'are cowards'.

Richard McMillen was lying in bed watching television when two men burst into his bedroom at around 8pm on Wednesday, January 26.

The 71-year-old's attackers had already ransacked the ground floor of his Mossley Crescent home after entering the property through the back door.

The men, described as around six foot tall, wearing dark clothes and speaking with Southern accents, pinned Richard to his bed, and tried to smother him with his bedclothes before pulling a knife on him. They also hit him with what are thought to have been sawn-off golf clubs before demanding money.

They then made off with around 150, some of which Richard had saved for a local animal charity.

The former merchant seaman suffered a number of bruises, but said his injuries were not serious.

Despite the ordeal he said he was more angry than scared: "I can't believe someone would dare consider coming into my home.

"It was painful when they hit me, but I was just in so much of a rage that it was happening. They're cowards, only preying on the weak and the vulnerable," he told the Times.